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Ron Carlson

Ron Carlson's most recent novel is Return to Oakpine. His short stories have appeared in Esquire, Harper’s, the Atlantic Monthly, Gray’s Sporting Journal, and other magazines. He is director of the graduate program in fiction at the University of California, Irvine.

Happiness

The cabin stood before us shuttered and silent like a big puzzle box we were about to open. There was work to do. Nick opened the front door and we went in and found the old good smell of firewood and burned coffee and the dry smell of the books.