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Author’s Note

I have been writing stories about mothers and children forever, especially from the perspective of South Asian Indian kids. The opening line of this piece came to me while talking to my son about anger. I wanted to showcase the frustration of girls when their brother arrives because he is the center of attraction, because he is the savior of the family since he is going to support everyone when he grows up, because he is the one to carry the family name forward. I wanted to showcase this discrimination and how far the inner feelings of the girls go, how their cry for attention manifests into something unexpected, hostile.


TARA ISABEL ZAMBRANO is a writer of color and the author of Death, Desire, and Other Destinations, a full-length flash collection by Okay Donkey Press. She lives in Texas and is the fiction editor for Waxwing Literary Journal. Find Tara on Twitter @theinnerzone.