Rebecca Barry

Rebecca Barry’s fiction has appeared in Ploughshares, Tin House, The Mid-American Review, One Story, and Best New American Voices 2005. She was short-listed in Best American Short Stories 2000 and Best American Short Stories 2004 and her nonfiction has appeared in many publications, including the Washington Post Magazine, the New York Times Magazine, and Best American Travel Writing 2003. Her collection of short stories, including “Eye. Arm. Leg. Heart.” will be published by Simon and Schuster in 2007. She lives in Trumansburg, New York.

Eye. Arm. Leg. Heart.

It was his liver, hardened by 5,000 gallons of eighty-proof gin, that finally killed Harlin Wilder. The sharp pang of loneliness Harlin’s first wife Janine felt when she heard this news surprised her. Her marriage to Harlin, which had lasted…