young woman leaning against a railing

“Everyone Has Your Best Interests at Heart” by Sara Lippmann

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She's wanted to be part of Tami's life since they were kids. Now they're sharing an apartment on the island for the summer, before college, working for Tami's boyfriend Castle as lifeguards by day, beach patrol by night. She keeps thinking back to the disaster she could have prevented in her childhood, as a bond with a middle-aged reptile showman develops.

Everyone Has Your Best Interests at Heart

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About the Author
Sara Lippmann's debut collection, Doll Palace (Dock Street Press) was long-listed for the 2015 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. She was the recipient of an artist’s fellowship in fiction from New York Foundation for the Arts and her work has appeared in Slice Magazine, Tupelo Quarterly, Front Porch, Midnight Breakfast, Wigleaf and elsewhere. She teaches with Ditmas Writing Workshops, co-hosts the Sunday Salon, a monthly prose reading series in New York's East Village, and lives with her husband and children in Brooklyn. For more, see
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