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Rebecca Makkai

Rebecca Makkai’s debut novel, The Borrower, is out this summer from Viking. Her work has been or will soon be featured in Best American Short Stories, Best American Nonrequired Reading, New Stories from the Midwest, and Best American Fantasy, and on public radio’s Selected Shorts. She lives north of Chicago.

The Way You Hold Your Knife

Ann resented how Beethoven's Ninth thumped from the speakers in the bog museum, making it impossible to feel anything but triumphant, uplifted, Germanic. And Harry had preferred jazz, to begin with. Two little boys ran across the floor, and the…