Sept/Oct 2022 • Vol. XLIV No. 5 November 14, 2022 |

Risa at the Beach

The Kenyon Review · "Risa At The Beach" by Adam Wilson Risa at the mirror, wet from the shower. The burn on her back’s looking worse than before. Sam was still in bed when she went to the beach. She had to self-apply sunscreen. She rolled onto her stomach and dozed. Now her suitcase is empty. Her clothes on the floor are the answer to a question the decluttering guru has failed to ask: What if nothing sparks joy? In fact, what if joy isn’t the goal? Risa’s goals are less lofty. One: to impress Salonee, her sister-in-law. Further: she would like to send a message to her family that they don’t have to worry, Risa’s doing much better, time heals, et cetera. The miscarriage was nearly six months ago now. All spring, she dragged herself to the gym every morning before work, and to hot yoga two evenings a week. She cut down on sugar and carbs, and switched to light beer only—no IPAs. Risa spent last Tuesday trying on swimsuits. She took mirror selfies and sent them t

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Adam Wilson is the author of three books including, most recently, the novel Sensation Machines (Soho Press, 2020). A National Jewish Book Award finalist and a recipient of The Paris Review’s Terry Southern Prize, Wilson has had his work published in Harper’s Magazine, Tin House, The Paris Review, and The Best American Short Stories, among many other publications. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and their two sons.

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