Jan/Feb 2021 • Vol. XLIII No. 1 FictionJanuary 4, 2021 |

Coffins Patch

Coffins Patch is dying, and everything suggests there is no hope of saving it. Still, wet suit clad, Ei Mun rolls backward off the boat. Here is the world flipping upside down, feet parting from the wooden deck’s solid flank, joyful, headlong crash into the churning waves. Here is the velocity, here is the escape. Going from one world — humid, oppressive, filled with people and fumes and engine noise — to another: still and empty, like the inside of a sapphire. The sea is crystalline, light-flecked. Ei Mun floats, calms her breath, but the usual stillness eludes her. Her fingers are cold with excitement, her stomach, hollow and queasy. It’s not as if she hasn’t dived before; 327 times before, according to the worn blue notebook that is her dive log. But those were recreational, undertaken for pleasure, without expectation. This, on the other hand, is her first professional field assignment. At forty-one, she’s the oldest intern at Timmel Marine Laboratory, the f

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Rachel Heng's first novel, Suicide Club (Henry Holt, 2018), was named a most-anticipated read of 2018 by publications such as Huffington Post, Gizmodo, Bustle, the Irish Times, New Scientist, ELLE, and Rumpus, and will be translated into ten languages worldwide. Heng’s short fiction received a Pushcart Prize Special Mention, Prairie Schooner's Jane Geske Award, and been published in Glimmer Train, Prairie Schooner, The Offing, and elsewhere. She has been the recipient of grants and fellowships from Fine Arts Work Center, National Arts Council of Singapore, and Michener Center for Writers.

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