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“Echo” by Jason Ockert

Story Summary

You aren’t sure why the table was set for two, but you clean it anyway. You don’t know who Tom is or why his name is written on your arm. A note above the toilet asks if it’s time to take your pills. You wouldn’t know. Who would fill a kettle with water on a stove that doesn’t even work? Is it your wife’s birthday? Where has she been all day? You’ll make her dinner just in case. A proper table set for two.


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About the Author
Jason Ockert is the author of Wasp Box, a novel, and two collections of short stories: Neighbors of Nothing and Rabbit Punches. Winner of the Dzanc Short Story Collection Contest, the Atlantic Monthly Fiction Contest, and the Mary Roberts Rinehart Award, he was also a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award and the Million Writers Award. His work has appeared in journals and anthologies including Best American Mystery Stories, Oxford American, One Story, and McSweeney’s.
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