THE GIRL WHO WISHED by Eric Charles May
Once upon a time, way back in the 1950s, when there was no cyber or cable anything and the cars were all big and boxy, there was a little girl who lived wither mother and father, just the three of them, in a fine brick house on the Far South Side of Chicago. (Only Negro people, as they called themselves back then, lived in the neighborhood, nearly all of them also living in fine brick houses.) The Girl's favorite part of the day was evening when her Daddy returned from work. No matter the season, she'd wait on the front steps, anxious for the sight of his tall, dark figure walking down the street. If he was whistling, The Girl knew he was happy and she'd run to him so he could grab her with his large hands and lift her up.
“Hey there Caramel,” he’d say. (He called her “Caramel” because he said that’s what her color reminded him of, which made The Girl happy because it was her Mommy’s color too.)
DetailsABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Eric Charles May is an associate professor in the Fiction Writing at Columbia College Chicago. A Chicago native and former reporter for the Washington Post, his fiction has appeared in the magazines Fish Stories, F, and Criminal Class. In addition to his Post reporting, his nonfiction has appeared in Sport Literate, the Chicago Tribune, and the personal essay anthology Briefly Knocked Unconscious by a Low-Flying Duck. His first novel, Bedrock Faith, will be published by Akashic Books on 03/04/14.
ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR:
Geoffrey Grisso currently resides int he wet and gloomy city of Portland, Oregon; where the cats rule, beards prevail and beer is always near. He works mostly with pen and ink, though the occasional computer intervention may arise. He is very experimental and constantly seeking growth, so that his techniques transform from time to time. To see more of his work, visit: grisso-ruminations.tumblr.com.