Winter 2014 • Vol. XXXVI No. 1 2013 Kenyon Review Short Fiction Prize |

Town of Birds

2013 Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest Winner Town of Birds In the town where the children turned into birds, we were not as surprised as you might imagine. Children have always been changing into things—becoming things you wouldn't expect. There was the time the boys grew their hair long so they looked like girls, and the time the girls wore the heavy pants of boys. When the children grew feathers and took to the trees, we believed it was more of the same. Of course, when the children did not fly home in time for dinner, and then, when the children did not fly home at all, the mothers cried, but mothers have always cried at the things children do. The children did not change all at once. First were the troublemakers, those smoking behind dumpsters and breaking bottles on empty lots. When large, black birds appeared at these children's houses, waiting at windows and biting at doors, we began to suspect what had happened. The people in town shook their heads. Kids

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Heather Monley has an MFA from Columbia University and a BA from Dartmouth College. Her fiction has previously appeared on McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. Originally from San Jose, California, she now lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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