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Ann Darby

Ann Darby was the recipient of a 2004 Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and is the author of the novel The Orphan Game, a Los Angeles Times bestseller. She has received the Prairie Schooner Reader’s Choice Award, as well as the Bennett Cerf Prize for fiction, and her work has been nominated for the Pushcart and Henfield prizes. Her short fiction was listed among the “Recommended Stories” in the O. Henry Prize Stories 2005, and has appeared in The Northwest Review, Prairie Schooner, The Manhattan Literary Review, and The Best of Story Quarterly, among others. She lives in New York City and Hillsdale and is trying hard to learn to garden.

I Love My Wife

The spasm supervening on a wound is fatal. —Hippocrates The doctor saw omens everywhere that morning—in the plume of steam trailing behind the locomotive, in the cottonwoods shimmering by the creek, in the red dog silently watching the doctor’s carriage…