Fall 2010 • Vol. XXXII No. 4 FictionOctober 1, 2010 |

An Arranged Honeymoon

Everything that Job Ogbonnaya knows about sex, he has learned from American pornography. So on their first unchaperoned meeting, Job rushes his new wife, splitting her thin body against the papered wall of their lavish honeymoon suite at the Presidential Hotel in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Job tears at her lace pink panties and only releases his lips from her face to haltingly shout, "You-are-the-dirty-slut-girl." Ifi punches his gut with the sharp heel of her sandal. He crumples. They land, the two, in a tangled heap, legs splayed in every direction. "You are ugly," she says, glaring at him. Potato sack head. Stout shoulders. Hog's gut. Bushy, curling eyebrows. Thick glasses pushed into the lips of his nose. "Eh? And now a beast? I married a beast. Hey!" She winds up her fist and strikes him squarely on an ear. Job clutches his throbbing ear. Ifi's hand dangles in front of him. He struggles, for a moment, to unwind the underwear from his wrists before handing them

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Julie Iromuanya’s creative writing has appeared in The Kenyon Review, Passages North, Cream City Review, and Tampa Review, among other journals. Her scholarly-critical work most recently appears in Converging Identities: Blackness in the Modern Diaspora (Carolina Academic Press). She has been shortlisted for several prizes, including the Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest, the Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction and Family Matters contests, the Summer Literary Seminars contest, and the Rona Jaffe Foundation fellowship. Iromuanya earned her doctorate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and was the inaugural Herbert W. Martin Fellow in Creative Writing at the University of Dayton. She has also been a Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. Iromuanya is Assistant Professor of English at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. Her debut novel, Mr. and Mrs. Doctor, is forthcoming from Coffee House Press in spring 2015.

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