Carrie Hoffman is a gifted and versatile writer.
“Fidelio Street,” one of her short stories, has been nominated for the Best New American Voices anthology and is a finalist in Fiction‘s Non-Solicited Competition.
Longer and more contemplative in tone than some of her online works, the story is from the perspective of a young woman who married her husband when they were both 21 and believes he is having an affair with the neighbor. The evidence: he touches the neighbor. He watches her through the window as she walks outdoors in her silky robe. He spends too much time across the street, at her house. He buys useless kitchen gadgets from her.
Meanwhile, the protagonist is left to tend to the husband’s dog and sister, even though she’s not sure she’s dealing with either of them the right way. In the end the marriage rolls on, kind of like a can pushed down the street by the wind.
Our baby was born with a pelican bill, full of fish. Our baby smelled dirty, like the dirty ocean. We were sure it was a mistake. The baby should have come straight from heaven, as we expected, but instead it came from a filthy shore with dark sand, murky waters, and a litter-strewn boardwalk….
Her Zulkey interview establishes that Carrie’s parents don’t know she’s published anywhere, “so keep your mouth shut before [she] get[s] a phone call.”
Carrie recently received an M.F.A. from the well-regarded Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi. She’s an Associate Editor at Pindeldyboz. She grew up in Miami, like me, and graduated from my high school some seven or so years after I did, but unlike me she went to a really impressive school for her undergraduate studies. Now she lives and teaches in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. She will begin work on her PhD in the fall.
*No, it’s not what you think. I am decidedly not pregnant.