Fall 2023 • Vol. XLV No. 4 FoodAugust 30, 2023 |

Sfratti

The Kenyon Review · "Sfratti" by Emily Franklin Paul pushed open the pantry door with his torn foot to find Anna crouched on the stone floor, flour canisters and ropes of garlic on the shelf next to her, flaccid pastry dough in her hands. “You lose a contact?” Paul asked, although of course he knew that his wife had twenty-twenty vision. He suspected she was having a panic attack, but he didn’t want to tend to her. He’d ripped his heel on the unsealed concrete swimming pool bottom, having been in the new unfenced pool with the kids all morning; Lydia, who knew how to swim, sitting at the edge and kicking at the water as though trying to get its attention, and Ben, who hadn’t progressed past putting his face in, jumping in with no thought as to who might save him. Anna looked up at her husband but stayed on the floor. “I just can’t shake the tour of Pitigliano. The Nazis were here. Right here. Imagine if we’d been in this house then.”  “But we

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Emily Franklin is the author of more than twenty novels and a poetry collection, Tell Me How You Got Here (Terrapin Books, 2021). Her award-winning work has appeared or is forthcoming in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Guernica, The Cincinnati Review, New Ohio Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Threepenny Review, and JAMA, as well as featured and read aloud on NPR and named notable by the Association of Jewish Libraries. Her most recent novel, The Lioness of Boston (Godine, 2023), is based on the life of Isabella Stewart Gardner.

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