Marie, a Texan meteorologist, finds her marriage tested by the arrival of Jane, the nineteen-year-old daughter of an old friend. Sensing that her husband is being seduced by Jane, she refuses to take it lying down. Instead, Marie follows him to a remote New Zealand wildlife sanctuary, hoping to discover the truth and reclaim their relationship. At times aching and raw, but with sharp comedy and wit, Flightless is Keziah Weir’s masterful debut story that explores the lengths to which one woman will go in attempting to stabilize a mutable world.
"The Taxonomy of Things"
Middle-aged entomologist Gordon Gold had a tumultuous relationship with his mother. She was more committed to her career than to her children, so in the wake of her death, he finds himself both bereaved and bitter. But she’s bequeathed him her most treasured possessions—her books—and, to his surprise, he finds notes in their margins that reveal a very different view of the woman who raised him. Stoic and unskilled at engaging emotionally, Gordon now struggles to revise his memory of his mother—and to let in his long-suffering girlfriend before he finds himself even more alone.