Carolyn Ferrell

Carolyn Ferrell is the author of the short story collection Don’t Erase Me (Houghton Mifflin, 1997), which won the Art Seidenbaum Award of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the John C. Zacharis Award given by Ploughshares, and the Quality Paperback Book Prize for First Fiction. Her stories have been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories of the Century, edited by John Updike, and Giant Steps: The New Generation of African American Writers, edited by Kevin Young. She lives with her husband and children in the Bronx.

Summer, 1959

My mother and her sister push the old green VW Beetle from the shed down the cobblestone drive. This is their chance to escape the drudgery of Mutti’s home, the endless polishing of wood and washing of wool and cooking of dust.