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“Let All the Restless Creatures Go” by Sara Lippmann

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The hair loss started early and moved quickly. Nick was only 13 when he went completely hairless, nothing could be done. He grew accustomed to the pitying glances, but he couldn’t handle the invisibility. He dropped out of high school. His dad was supportive enough, and his mom didn’t even know about his condition, so no complaint there. College is a good decision for him; he can feel it. He is enrolled in Wetlands Ecology, and the subject excites him with all the new knowledge he will receive. The class is tasked with helping save the endangered Diamondback terrapins. The class might just help Nick find the purpose in life he is looking for.

Let All the Restless Creatures Go

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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 saralippmann.com.
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