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He is a cleric in a rural parish in Sweden. He has never dated, nor loved, another human. She is his American cousin, and married to a man named Kenny. He has written her in pornographic language, in his broken English, and now she is here, wanting him to do what he promised in his many letters.
My Mother in Jönköping
About the Author
Christopher Merkner is the author of the story collection The Rise & Fall of the Scandamerican Domestic (Coffee House 2014). His stories have been reprinted in the Best American Mystery Stories and the O. Henry Prize Stories anthologies, and some of his other work can be found in Black Warrior Review, Chicago Tribune's Printer's Row Journal, Cincinnati Review, CutBank, DIAGRAM, Five Points, Gettysburg Review, Gulf Coast, Fairy Tale Review, Hotel Amerika, Midwestern Gothic, and Subtropics. He's currently an assistant professor of English for West Chester University in Pennsylvania, and he is very happily living in Denver, CO with his wife and kids.