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“Key Phrases” by Monica McFawn

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All he had to do was fire Mol. She wasn’t a very good employee anyway. She was constantly late, and her office was where all the flowers went to die at Journey’s End Memorials. The manager had only been there for two months, he didn’t know Mol that well anyway. When Mol breaks down and confesses as to the real reason she’s always late, firing her would be no simple task. Inflicted with inner turmoil over his guilt for having to fire poor Mol, through the eyes of the manager, we experience the inner-workings of the managers struggle and guilt over firing the down-trodden Mol.

Key Phrases

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About the Author
Monica McFawn's debut story collection, Bright Shards of Someplace Else, won a Flannery O'Connor Award and was named a Michigan Notable Book, a finalist for the Ohioana Book Award, and an NPR "Great Read." Her work as also been noted as a Pushcart Prize Special Mention. Her stories have appeared in journals such as Georgia Review, Missouri Review, Gettysburg Review and others, and her screenplays and plays have had readings in New York and Chicago. A recipient of a 2016 NEA Fellowship in Literature and a Walter E. Dakin fellowship from Sewanee Writers' Conference, McFawn is currently at work on a novel. She is also author of "A Catalogue of Rare Movements," a poetry/art chapbook, and host of the Nathaniel Hawthorne-themed comedy podcast, The Hawthorne Effect. She is the MFA Director at Northern Michigan University and the fiction editor of Passages North. More of her work can be found at
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