“The Splashing Carp” by Karin Lin-Greenberg

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It’s been a year since Lawrence died, Maggie has spent everyday of her summer doing the exact same thing—playing pinball in the Splashing Carp Bar and Grill. Her babysitting doesn’t even interfere, since the kid’s mom doesn’t ever ask where they spend their days. Little J.S. just hangs out in a booth drawing the whole time. Maggie likes the proximity to her dead brother’s best friend; Van is the bartender at the Splashing Carp. He provides her with the quarters to play everyday, but things change when a girl starts hanging around hitting on Van. Maggie wants things to stay the same, and this new girl could ruin everything, could steal Maggie’s only escape from her grim reality.

The Splashing Carp

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About the Author
Karin Lin-Greenberg's story collection, Faulty Predictions, won the 2013 Flannery O'Connor Award in Short Fiction from the University of Georgia Press and was Foreword Reviews' 2014 INDIEFAB Book of the Year in the Short Story category. Her stories have appeared in literary journals including The Antioch Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Berkeley Fiction Review, Epoch, Five Chapters, Kenyon Review Online, and North American Review. She earned an MFA from the University of Pittsburgh, an MA from Temple University, an AB from Bryn Mawr College and has been awarded fellowships from the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, the Wesleyan Writers Conference, and the MacDowell Colony. She has taught creative writing at Missouri State University, the College of Wooster, and Appalachian State University. Currently, she lives in upstate New York and is an assistant professor in the English Department at Siena College.
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