She Loves Me Not, New and Selected Stories by Ron Hansen

She Loves Me Not: New and Selected Stories Cover

from the story “Nebraska”

Houses are big and white and two stories high, each a cousin to the next, with pigeon roosts in the attic gables, green storm windows on the upper floor, and a green screened porch, some as pillowed and couched as parlors or made into sleeping rooms for the boy whose next step will be the Navy and days spent on a ship with his hometown’s own population, on gray water that rises up and is allayed like a geography of cornfields, sugar beets, soybeans, wheat, that stays there and says, in its own way, “Stay.” p. 93

American prairie

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