Nick and Nora had Asta. Why can’t we have Alice?
“We had nothing to lose,” Cary Ann said. “Fuck it. Band. Family. Let’s give it a shot. . . . Handshake, spit on it. If it gets too nasty we’ll cut and run.”
In a fertile valley that boats an $8 billion agricultural economy, the people who work the fields and in processing plants rarely enjoy the economic security that the fields’ corporate owners do.
Anjoli Roy struggles to understand the conservative father she dearly loves.
As a boy, after the trauma of learning he is not his father’s biological son, Brian Gresko finds his sense of himself is shattered.
A family’s losses after Hurricane Sandy didn’t come in the usual order or with the usual speed.
Alicia Lutes contemplates her family’s history of addiction, her mother’s failing liver, and the effect it’s all had on her generation.
After the death of her dog, Katie Gutierrez grapples with the ripple effects of her decisions — and how to live with uncertainty as a mother.
Alyson Pomerantz reframes her understanding of illness when an allergic reaction turns out to be something else.
“What’s considered high art? What’s lowbrow? What are those things? That’s something that, as a person who like, lives at 7-Eleven, I’m extremely interested in.”
Cary Barbor traverses language, culture, and class to connect with her new family.
Jennifer Berney explores how queer families challenge traditional notions of heredity and paternity.
Chaya Bhuvaneswar contemplates the powerful evolution of a woman’s beauty over time.
Deena ElGenaidi takes stock of the truths she and her Muslim family members hide from one another.
A daughter recounts her family’s worst day, through her mother’s eyes.
Mary Wang recalls the ways in which she and her family in China conspired to hide her grandmother’s cancer diagnosis from her.
More families are having only two children, leaving an entire culture to fade away: middleborns.
Issac Bailey wants us to recognize that the families of perpetrators need just as much support as the families of victims.
Does each of your children represent a novel you’ll never write? Michael Chabon is okay with that.
A black woman’s hair biography.
Nicole Piasecki writes a letter to the wife of the shooter who killed her father. Part two of a three-part series on gun violence.
Since my father’s death, I dream about descents and falls. How, without warning, gravity has you in its grip.
Mom would make excuses about not having cleaned the house. I knew they were lies. I knew her house was full.
Getting married in her swimsuit at the age of 12 was something Danny Wallace’s mother would tell anyone she met. It also wasn’t true.
On the pressure to pretend there’s no fallout after your parents’ divorce.
How a family of five learned how to be a family of four.
Families are complicated. Caring for Grandpa John was even more so.
As mom and dad nod out and overdose, the under-funded American foster care system is struggling to mind the children.
Sarah Menkedick reflects on the very different—and complementary—ways in which her mother and her stepmother have nurtured her.
In searching for meaning behind a random encounter and his mother’s death, Josh Roiland explores compassion.