published in The New Yorker
A mother tells her children to pretend it's just an ordinary day. The siblings seem to be half joking with each other about an inside joke, but it soon turns much more dire. The father had physically abused them, and shoved a gun into the mother's mouth, right before the children's eyes. Now they are trying to escape a world designed for the subjugation of women and the sadistic will of men.
170 days ago