July/Aug 2020 • Vol. XLII No. 4 July 2, 2020 |

An Excerpt from “You Must Be This Tall”

Read a micro-conversation with the author here. My father held a fishing pole in one hand and in the other, a cooler for the porgies, fluke, and bluefish we would catch off the Coney Island piers. We stopped at the bodega to get ice and a chocolate bar for my breakfast. My father greeted Tito, who was watching a small television next to the cash register: “Tito, you’re looking good today! That is a fine shirt you’re wearing.” Tito scratched the hairy space where he was missing a shirt button. He looked down at me and said, “Your father is very funny. Your house must be like a party every day,” and then handed me a dime and motioned toward the gumball machine with his chin. I reached up for it and said, “It’s fun when we play games.” “I bet,” Tito said, as he handed change to the next customer. My father hoisted the bag of ice on his shoulder. “Bye, Tito. Don’t break too many hearts today.” Tito said “Next,” and waved us away. My father tightene

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Yalitza Ferreras is a recent Steinbeck Fellow in Creative Writing at San Jose State University. Her writing appears in Best American Short Stories 2016, Colorado Review, and the anthologies Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education and Daring to Write: Contemporary Narratives by Dominican Women. She received an MFA in creative writing from the University of Michigan and is the recipient of fellowships and awards from Yaddo, Djerassi Resident Artists, Barbara Deming Memorial Fund for Women, San Francisco Writers’ Grotto, and Voices of Our Nation.

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