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22 October, 2016

G. M. Palmer, "Lothing and Hoes at the 48th Street Winn-Dixie"

The story is told in first-person point of view and takes place predominately in a grocery store. The narrator has watched, over many visits, two people shopping in the same organic section of the Winn-Dixie. He learns that they are a married couple who have evidently broken up much to the dismay of the husband. We then see the broken hearted husband lash out and call his wife a whore. The narrator goes home to a loving wife and peaceful household.

I like stories that take place in a small place and over a short period of time. There are some wonderful descriptions and actions. "I look down and fumble with my phone and check out the price of pickling cucumbers at Earth Fare as if I'd drive across town to save five cents a pound."

The ending is fun, funny, and bittersweet. "Lothing and Hoes at the 48th Street Winn-Dixie" is in the current edition of Tahoma Literary Review.