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Marisa Silver

Marisa Silver is the author of the short-story collection Babe in Paradise, a New York Times Notable Book, and the novels No Direction Home and The God of War, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her fiction has appeared in the New Yorker, has won the O. Henry Prize, and has been included in numerous anthologies, including Best American Short Stories. Simon & Schuster will publish her second collection, Alone with You, in April.

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The girls were manning a lemonade stand—a medium-size Dixie cup for fifty cents, or a cup with a Hydrox cookie for seventy-five. Sheila, who was twelve, her older sister, Trudy, and Maggie and Jeannie, ten-year-old twins who lived down the…