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SunLit Excerpt: An account of improbable cesarean success by “The Cape Doctor” introduces this historical novel

Author’s Note: “The Cape Doctor” was inspired by the life of a brilliant, irascible, 19th-century Irish army surgeon, Dr. James Miranda Barry, who practiced medicine in the British colonies in the first half of the 19th century. Dr. Barry performed the first successful caesarian recorded in Africa, improved medicine for the socially marginalized, was caught […]

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SunLit Excerpt: In “Red Rabbit on the Run,” a woman with a strange story isn’t sure where to turn

Will’s head was freezing even with the stocking cap on. He yanked it off, hoping that a bit of air—even blasted nippy air— might help it dry faster. At least the cab was fairly warm. He looked out at the snowy Denver streets, praying he’d be on a flight back to the godawful heat and […]

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SunLit Excerpt: Lessons of lifetimes surface in “The Reincarnationist Papers”

The setup:  Troubled by the complete memories of two past lives [Vasili and Bobby], Evan (relating the events in first person) has been shot in the foot as he fled the scene of his latest arson-for-hire job.  He hides behind a church in an industrial neighborhood in Los Angeles, where he is rescued by the […]

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SunLit Excerpt: “Hurts” explores the hoop dreams of a complex high school sisterhood

“Hurts” From the short story collection “Mixed Company” Freshman year, Coach Sasser assigned Junebug, Isabel, and me to the junior varsity basketball team, where we wore the ill-fitting brown polyester uniforms of our high school, the Thomas Jefferson Spartans. On J.V. we were golden, thundering up and down the court with little form but much […]

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SunLit Excerpt: In “Alpha,” moments of calm before the Navy SEALs’ world changes

Editor’s note: This excerpt contains some profanity. The ring of vibrating brass Tibetan bowls filled the silent room. It flowed across sailors and Marines stretched out on their backs with their eyes closed. The ancient, wordless chorus of the bells played from a recording in the corner of the room, lapping at the present and […]