For a long time Tatiana allowed no one but her father to touch her. In those days there was no understanding of her strange condition: if a mother let it be known that her five-year-old daughter screamed at her smallest caress, there was a good chance the girl would be taken from her and locked up in the crumbling asylum outside Perm, indistinguishable from a gulag but for the tender age of its inmates. Other odd children had disappeared; few had returned.
Edward Hamlin / About Author
Edward Hamlin’s "Night in Erg Chebbi and Other Stories" was selected by Pulitzer Prize finalist Karen Russell as winner of the 2015 Iowa Short Fiction Award and went on to win the Colorado Book Award. Over the past few years Edward’s stories have won the Nelligan Prize, the NCW Short Story Prize and a Top of the Mountain Novel Prize, and have been finalists or runners-up for the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, the Narrative Story Prize, the Bridport Prize, Missouri Review’s Jeffrey E. Smith Prize, Sarabande Books’ Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction, the Nelson Algren Award, the Mary C. Mohr Editors’ Prize, the David Nathan Myerson Fiction Prize, the Press 53 Fiction Award and other competitions. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Ploughshares, Colorado Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Missouri Review, American Fiction, Chariton Review, Printers Row Journal, Tiferet, InDigest, Cobalt and elsewhere. A New York native, Edward Hamlin spent his formative years in Chicago and now lives in Colorado. www.edwardhamlin.com