Anna Solomon’s first novel, The Little Bride, will be published by Riverhead in September 2011. Her stories and essays have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, the Georgia Review, One Story, Harvard Review, Shenandoah, The Pushcart Prize XXXII Anthology and elsewhere. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island. Visit her online at annasolomon.com 
Jun 27 2011
The Long Net
Winner of the 2010 Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize for Fiction.
The summer I was ten, among other troubles, there was a heat wave unlike anyone could remember, including my mother, whose memory was as strong as most people’s forgetting. Heat is shocking when you’re close to the ocean but not in it. It feels like an injustice, a spectacle—even children do things they might not otherwise do.