Jan/Feb 2018 • Vol. XL No. 1 FictionJanuary 1, 2018 |

Wing

Jinnah decided to build the wings when Anis lost his job in San Francisco. She had lived three decades in America, and yet she had never realized just how far away California was. Why would they make a country so big, she asked herself, that sons couldn't come home for Christmas? In her younger years, Jinnah had been an engineer in Aleppo. Since retiring, she missed schematics and calculations, the thrill of hope in a new project. She began the wings as an experiment, a way to pass the hours. "Something to do with my hands," she told Anis over the phone. "My name in Arabic—it means wing. You know this." Jinnah could hear Anis rubbing sleep out of his eyes. She pictured his face, his one green eye, the other brown—some kind of deviation the doctor had explained when he was born, unique but harmless. Anis laughed, heavy. "Five in the morning, and you're quizzing me." Jinnah scoffed into the line and waved her hand in a gesture of defeat. She knew he couldn't see he

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Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar is the Syrian American author of the forthcoming debut novel The Map of Salt and Stars (Touchstone/Simon & Schuster, 2018). She is a member of the Radius of Arab American Writers (RAWI), and her short stories have appeared in Saturday Evening Post, Gulf Stream Literary Magazine, Normal School, and elsewhere. She currently resides in south central Pennsylvania, where she is at work on her second novel.

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