“Elect Lady” by Nicole Sbitani

Louisa cut herself trimming the patchwork on her mending. Bright blood beaded, and she pulled her hand away from the sewing shears. With three children and expecting again, they couldn’t afford new coats, even for another unsparing Utah Valley winter. She sucked her callused finger, metallic and bitter. Thoughts she’d kept at bay crept back. […]

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