Introduction

Fiction has the power to transport, to challenge our notions of form and narrative, leave us somewhere we didn’t expect, and question, “What’s next?” The stories in this collection wouldn’t let us forget them—forget the characters’ suffering, observations, and ultimate insistence that we don’t look away. Though the settings range from a summer camp to a seafood restaurant, what they have in common are elements of risk, the ways they push at the boundaries of form and linear time, and that they resist a simple conclusion. This clutch of short fiction left us charmed, troubled, questioning and entertained. Our selection discussions were lively and full of the excitement that comes from the thrill of fresh storytelling. On behalf of our Prose Editors at Watershed Review, we hope you enjoy these pieces as much as we did in deliberating on them.