We Have Always Lived in the House

In this personal essay, in the face of tragic loss, Victoria Comella searches for the home she left behind, only to find it seventeen years later in the last place she expected.

Source: Longreads
Published: Jul 20, 2018
Length: 15 minutes (3,784 words)

Why I Lied to Everyone in High School about Knowing Karate

As a teen, Jabeen Akhtar discovered that trying to be an exceptional immigrant can make you do stupid things.

Source: Longreads
Published: Jul 17, 2018
Length: 15 minutes (3,917 words)

Silence is a Lonely Country: A Prayer in Twelve Parts

A personal essay in which poet Sadia Hassan reflects on finding her words in the face of injustice.

Source: Longreads
Published: Jul 13, 2018
Length: 17 minutes (4,468 words)

The Country Where Fútbol Comes First

Uruguay, a small nation with a deep-seated passion for soccer, is the inspiration for any underdog vying to win a World Cup.

Source: Longreads
Published: Jul 10, 2018
Length: 11 minutes (2,824 words)

My Brother Comes to Moscow

An excerpt from Keith Gessen’s new novel, A Terrible Country, in which two very different brothers argue over the care of their aging grandmother. “We had had many arguments, but he was my brother; he had always been my brother.”

Source: Longreads
Published: Jul 10, 2018
Length: 21 minutes (5,369 words)

Gone Gray

In the first essay in Longreads’ new “Fine Lines” series on age and aging, Jessica Berger Gross reflects on what letting her roots grow in at age 45 has meant, in terms of feminism and resistance.

Source: Longreads
Published: Jul 10, 2018
Length: 21 minutes (5,335 words)

Letters from Trenton

While striving to become a travel writer in the years after Watergate, Thomas Swick discovered that although writing for a newspaper was educational, there was more to be learned through romance with a foreigner.

Source: Longreads
Published: Jul 5, 2018
Length: 19 minutes (4,829 words)

How to Be Single

In this personal essay, Shelly Oria shares a manual for life after you’ve left your husband and your girlfriend.

Source: Longreads
Published: Jul 2, 2018
Length: 11 minutes (2,799 words)

Making Peace with Selective Reduction

When risks arise in her partner’s pregnancy with triplets, Amber Leventry discovers that letting go of one life doesn’t have to mean losing faith, or love.

Source: Longreads
Published: Jun 28, 2018
Length: 11 minutes (2,805 words)

La Otra

In this personal essay, Jaquira Díaz recalls having her world suddenly turned upside down after a woman and her daughter moved in next door.

Source: Longreads
Published: Jun 25, 2018
Length: 18 minutes (4,721 words)