Winter 2024 • Vol. XLVI No. 1 FictionDecember 5, 2023 |

If I Tell You This Is Fiction

The Kenyon Review · "If I Tell You This Is Fiction" by Jenny Lecce My mother occupied her deathbed for several long years. She was waiting it out in a bleak room with a loud TV and a rotating staff of people who said things like how are we today while they pulled the curtains open. Her body was failing but her mind never did and she tallied the slights and kept a ready file of every consumable detail on the dozen or so souls who came her way.  The heavy male nurse said oooff with the effort of moving her and she felt his breath reach her chin. All day long she kept her laser beam focused on him, studying him, testing him, quizzing everyone who knew anything at all about him. She made pointed remarks about his size. She questioned his knowledge. She taunted him. She used offensive language and hurled insults as he lifted her into the bath. She slipped and broke her leg. Calls were made.  We began to notice some photographs disappearing from her room. The gra

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Jenny Lecce is a writer and playwright living with her dogs, Edgrr the Great and Ashbel, and her husband, Carl, in a tidy house with an unruly garden. Her published stories include “The Times We Cry in Cars” in The Bookends Review Best of 2016, “Fury” in AmLit (2014), and “Rector Street” and “Woman on the Stairs” in Wheelhouse Magazine (2007). Glimmer Train gave an honorable mention to “Pastoral Adjustments,” an excerpt from her novel in progress, for their 2018 Short Story Award for New Writers. Production histories of Lecce’s plays and more can be found at Jennylecce.com.

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