This selection, chosen by guest curator and Sundress intern Victoria Carrubba, is an excerpt from Malnourished: A Memoir of Sisterhood and Hunger by Cinthia Ritchia, released by Raised Voice Press in 2020.
Memory is a funny thing, isn’t it, how it adds and subtracts, takes something as simple as watching a whale swim along the shore and mixes it up in your mind so that your sister is there beside you, even though she’s been dead for years. Still, this is what you remember: the wind and the smell of the marsh, the silver-blue tint of an Alaska twilight spreading the water, and beyond it all, the small and simple feel of your dead sister’s hand slipping inside of yours.
What else can you possibly do? You tighten your grip. You hold on.
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