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Brad Watson

Brad Watson’s new novel, Miss Jane, will be published in July by W.W. Norton & Co.

Apology

Your father, on the telephone before he passed, said gently, Take it easy on the booze, buddy, okay? That kind of broke my heart but not enough.

Alamo Plaza

The road to the coast was a long, steamy corridor of leaves. Narrow bridges over brush-choked creeks. Our father drove, the windows down, wind whipping his thick black hair. Our mother’s hair, abundant and auburn and long and wavy, she’d…
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Fallen Nellie: a novel excerpt

In a dense patch of palmettos about ten yards off the nature trail, she lay still and stared up at the broad, blue April sky. A Gulf breeze swayed the high tufts of thin longleaf pines, rustled through the small…