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“After Rosa Parks” by Janet Desaulniers

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Ellie's young son Cody doesn't like school. He has a constant 'nervous' stomachache and she has to leave work to pick him up, wondering if her and her husband's choice to share custody has affected Cody's experience of the world. Uncle Frank, an ex-army vet living with them, has problems of his own. These only two blood relatives in Ellie's life cause her to pause and think about the idea of choice, and of freedom.

After Rosa Parks

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About the Author
Janet Desaulniers’ fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, TriQuarterly, The North American Review, and Ploughshares, among other publications, and has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, an Emerging Fiction Writer of Illinois award, four fellowships and three finalist awards from the Illinois Arts Council, along with prizes from Glimmer Train and Ploughshares magazines, citation among the 100 Distinguished Stories of the year by the Best American Short Stories, and inclusion in the Pushcart Prize anthology. Her collection of stories, What You’ve Been Missing, won the 2004 John Simmons Award. She has taught writing for over 30 years: to prisoners, the elderly, literary and literacy groups, to Chicago schoolchildren and teachers, and to graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Missouri, Northwestern University, and Carthage College. She’s currently a Professor in the Writing program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she was the inaugural chair, and at work on a multi-volume sequence of prose miniature and image called The Between.
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