Birth Plan

by Amanda Marbais

At your birth, a carefully chosen playlist gives you a lifelong love of The Smiths and a preternatural nervousness toward The Beastie Boys. In anticipation, your family struggles with your slick limbs. Their tension will make you persistently suspect something’s amiss, like you’ve left your phone on the L or been passed over for a career-defining job….

Amanda Marbais’ fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Apalachee Review, Portland Review, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, The Collagist, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and other journals. She’s the author of A Taxonomy of Lies (Bottlecap Press, 2016). She lives in Chicago where she is the Managing Editor of Requited Journal.