Pritha Bhattacharyya

Pritha Bhattacharyya is a Bengali-American writer. She is a fiction PhD candidate and Inprint C. Glenn Cambor Fellow at the University of Houston, and she received her MFA from Boston University. She has received support from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers. Her work appears in Bodega Magazine, Ninth Letter, Nashville Review, and elsewhere.

Long Division

Let me rephrase: you are connected by a rope to your mother or your father and you stand on a cliff while they dangle off the edge. Forget the grit of the dirt that you dig your heels into. Forget the force that the Earth exerts upon you just as you exert upon it. Forget air resistance and center of mass. The principle rests only on Newton’s second law: F = ma. The two of you aren’t individual entities, but one system.