“Sweet Cheeks” by Lee K. Abbott

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He’s gone, miles between them, and all she has left of him is an apartment filled with stuff. Knick-knacks and whatchamacallits. Silly items meant to bring cheer. They were always useless, but now they just seem cruel and ironic. So why can’t she get rid of any of it? She’s trying to move on, build walls, fall in love again, but none of it seems to matter. All she has is the hope that one day her Coke can telephone will ring. She’ll just wait at home until it does.

Sweet Cheeks

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About the Author
Lee K. Abbott is the author of Dreams of Distant Lives, Strangers in Paradise, Love is the Crooked Thing, The Heart Never Fits Its Wanting, Living After Midnight, Wet Places at Noon, all collections of stories. His many short stories and reviews, as well as articles on American Literature, have appeared in such journals and magazines as Harper’s, The Atlantic Monthly, The Georgia Review, The New York Times Book Review, The Southern Review, Epoch, Boulevard, and The North American Review. His fiction has been reprinted in The Best American Short Stories and The Prize Stories: The O’Henry Awards. He has twice won fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and was awarded a Major Artist Fellowship from the Ohio Arts Council in 1991. He is a recipient of the 2004 Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award. His latest collection of stories, All Things, All at Once: New & Selected Stories, was published by Norton in June 2006.
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