Finding Myself in Fiction

Boxes were stacked three or four high in places aganst several walls. So many things, so much he had no place for.
                 — Paul Malizewski, “Prayer for the Long Life of Certain Inanimate Objects”
                     short story in One Story, Issue #77, July 10, 2006

Her days were also hard, as she was too weird for the other fourth graders, too plump, too spastic. She never once had a sleepover or even a best friend.
                 — Lauren Groff, “Lucky Chow Fun,” short story in Ploughshares, Fall 2006