Alice K. Boatwright

Short Stories

Sea, Sky, Islands by Alice Boatwright

 

New publications:

“Look Both Ways” is now online in Amarillo Bay.

When Molly Porter arrived home from work, she skidded around the last icy turn in the drive into a yard crowded with trucks: John Griffin’s rusty blue pickup, Mike Greeley’s classic Chevy, Victor Gianetti’s silver half-ton, and, of course, Andrew’s faded green Ford. On a summer evening or a Saturday afternoon, it would be ordinary enough for them all to be there, but this was six o’clock on a Tuesday in January.

She squeezed in between Andrew and a tree and cursed as she felt her wheels sink into deep soft snow. When she opened the car door, she stepped into a drift that covered her boots and cursed again as snow slid down inside them.

Her feet ached as she picked her way across the slippery yard. They felt as if she had been running all day—which was just about true. The community care facility where she worked was closing in two weeks, and everyone was anxious and acting out. She couldn’t blame them: she felt the same way and had to struggle to hide her own fear about the future.

All the way home she’d been bracing herself to tell Andrew, something she had been putting off since she first heard the news a month ago. The last people she wanted to see instead were his friends who drank and smoked and broke the kitchen chairs by leaning back too hard in them.

She didn’t notice the blood at first. It wasn’t until she reached the range of the floodlights on the house that her eyes picked out the pattern of bright red spots on the snow. She began to hurry. Read more . . .

About Alice’s stories

Alice began writing stories as a child, and she has never stopped. She is the author of the story chapbook, Sea, Sky, Islands (Noontime Books, 2019), as well as dozens of short stories published in literary journals and anthologies. She was a finalist for the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction and the Glimmer Train Fiction Prize and has received grants from UC Berkeley and the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts to devote time to writing fiction.

Published stories

“Look Both Ways”: Amarillo Bay, Issue 23:1, April 29, 2021

“Yesterday’s Muse”: Bull, November 19, 2020

“Mr. Who Passes Through”: Crime Readers Association, Halloween 2020

“No Prince”: The Blood Pudding, September 2020

Risky Business“: fresh.ink, July 14, 2020

“J’arrive”: Calyx, Vol. 31, No. 1, (Winter/Spring 2019)

The Purple Bowl“: Parentheses Journal, Issue No. 5  (January 2019)

Life Sentences“: Amarillo Bay, Vol. 20, No. 2 (October 2018)

What Comes to Hand Must Be Faced“: Open Journal of Arts and Letters, 2017

“After Giselle“: Amarillo Bay, Vol. 17, No. 4 (November 2015)

The First Meeting of Babyman and Mother“: Sleetmagazine, Vol. 6, No. 1 (Spring 2014)

“And the Part of Me Will Be Played by Marilyn Monroe”: Amarillo Bay, Vol. 14, No. 1 (February 2012)

Asta at the Market“: Marco Polo Arts, 9 January 2012

“A Burning House”: Stone Canoe, No. 5, January 2011

“Risky Business”: Upstairs at Duroc, No. 11, January 2010

“Dreams of a Runner”: Stone Canoe, No. 3, January 2009

Night Washing“: Storyglossia, No. 32, 4 December 2008

“Chrissy on Earth”: Amarillo Bay, Vol. 10, No. 4 (November 2008)

“Behavior Modification”: Amarillo Bay, Vol. 9, No. 4 (November 2007)

Survivors“: Mississippi Review Online, Vol. 13, No. 4 (Fall 2007)

“Divas”: America West, Vol. 18, No. 4, June 2003

“Reading Raymond Carver”: Enterzone, Episode 14, November 1998

Man Leaving” (illustrated by the author): Enterzone, Episode 14, November 1998

“What I Have”: Paterson Literary Review, Issue No. 26, March 1997

“Divas”: Beloit Fiction Journal, Vol. IX, Issues No. 1 and 2 (Spring 1994)

“Golden Chances”: in Breaking Up Is Hard to Do, edited by Amber Coverdale Sumrall, (Crossing Press, 1994)

“Sheila Martin’s Last Egg”: San Jose Studies, Vol. XIX, No. 2 (Spring 1993)

“Conflicting Testimony”: in Love’s Shadow, edited by Amber Coverdale Sumrall (Crossing Press, 1993)

“Jonas”: Cricket, Vol. 19, No. 6, February 1992