Daniel Stolar is the author of the short-story collection The Middle of the Night (Picador). His fiction and creative nonfiction have appeared in a number of publications, including the Virginia Quarterly Review, DoubleTake, Utne Reader, Bomb and the North American Review. He is an assistant professor at DePaul University in Chicago. 
Dec 01 2010
Emma Won't Get Better
It’s a strange thing to be the one going through a tragedy. All day long you bump into people, especially in a place like Tucson, and they are nice, but their lives go on. Sometimes you see it on their faces, the realization: when they’re just being polite, asking you how you are, and their public face crumples because they suddenly remember. You do your best then to let them off the hook.