Short stories published in Oxford American

Listing 4 stories.

A young, Black woman clings desperately to a friendship and a relationship which both ended long ago. Through clashes with a "godmother" who appears as an apparition in her apartment, the woman finally resolves to move on.

A travelling tool salesman arrives on the property of a poor farmer in rural mountain country and lies about his background and the quality of product to secure the sale. He meets a tragic end when his scheming is revealed, angering the prospect and his twin sons.

As the only member of his family who is not a genius, a teenage boy lives his normal life of fishing trips and work while realizing that he is content despite his different life.

While traveling door to door, preaching to her community, an 18 year old Jehovah’s Witness encounters a woman who makes her rethink the trajectory of her life.