“A Crowd” by Sherrie Flick

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Joshua has secrets; so does Aunt Adelaide. Aunt Esther thinks Adelaide received special treatment due to her frailty. Susan wears a red trench coat and is always alone. She tells Joshua to stop what he's doing; Frankie tells him he's a bit weird, a bit of an eavesdropper. Susan stops coming to his café. A whole crowd of people litter this story, with their simple, complicated nuances.

A Crowd

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About the Author
Sherrie Flick is the author of the novel Reconsidering Happiness, the flash fiction chapbook I Call This Flirting, and the short story collection Whiskey, Etc. Her stories have appeared in many anthologies and journals, including Flash Fiction Forward, New Sudden Fiction, Ploughshares, and Booth. She has received fellowships from Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Ucross, Atlantic Center for the Arts, and VCCA. She teaches in the MFA and Food Studies programs at Chatham University in Pittsburgh. Her next collection of short stories is forthcoming from Autumn House Press in 2018.
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