First Line: “Our father died when we were ten years old and for months afterward my twin sister Helen and I thought we saw him.”
A little flash fiction for today. The best flash pieces create fully realized worlds with just a few short paragraphs, and Chaon does that beautifully here. There’s so much in the relationship between the narrator and his sister that goes unsaid, because it doesn’t have to be said. Dan Chaon is quite simply one of the best writers around, and if you haven’t read him before, do yourself a favor. Check out “That’s Him! That’s The Guy!” at wigleaf, and then go pick up his collections, Stay Awake and Among The Missing right away.