“You Would Have Told Me Not To” by Christopher Coake

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Speeding down the highway, Suzanne cannot stop her brain from the picturing the gruesome sight that may await her. Her son, Sean, has been shot; that is all she knows. His girlfriend called earlier that night to tell Suzanne, and the girl had been frantic giving little detail. So much has gone wrong in Suzanne’s little family, and she just wants a chance to make things right or, at least, make things better. Sean hasn’t spoken to her in months, and she hasn’t tried to contact him either. When she arrives at the hospital, Sean is alive. Also, his wife is with child. His wife. Suzanne had not heard about a wedding, and she definitely has not heard about a pregnancy…


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About the Author
Christopher Coake is the author of YOU CAME BACK (Grand Central Publishing, out June 2012) as well as the collection of short stories WE’RE IN TROUBLE (Harcourt 2005), which won the PEN/Robert Bingham Fellowship. In addition, Coake was listed among “Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists” in 2007. His stories have been published in several literary journals, and anthologized in BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES 2004 and THE BEST AMERICAN NOIR OF THE CENTURY. A native Hoosier, he received his M.F.A. in fiction from Ohio State University. He and his wife Stephanie Lauer live in Reno, where Coake is a professor of English at the University of Nevada.
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