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“Bald Bear” by Becky Mandelbaum

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To escape the poisonous bug bomb in her apartment, a young girl and her best friend, Maxine, are spending the day at the lake. Two Kansas boys interrupt their lazy afternoon with an invitation to a barbecue, Jackson and Walt. When Maxine leaves the barbecue with Walt, the girl is left to get a ride home from her new friend Jackson. The two quickly learn they have nothing in common: one vegetarian and one a hunter. Since the girl’s apartment is still toxic, Jackson offers to take her home with him. Things quickly become complicated when Jackson wants to take her hunting, and she doesn’t want him to kill the animals…

Bald Bear

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About the Author
Becky Mandelbaum is from Kansas but is currently living and working in Mount Rainier National Park. She is the winner of the 2016 Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction and the Lawrence Art Center's 2013 Langston Hughes Award for Fiction. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Juked, Salt Hill, Midwestern Gothic, and McSweeney's Internet Tendency.
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