Eric Puchner is the author of the novel Model Home (Scribner, 2010) and the short story collection Music Through the Floor (Scribner, 2005), which was a finalist for the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award. His short stories have appeared in Glimmer Train, Zoetrope: All Story, Chicago Tribune, The Sun, Best New American Voices, and many other journals and anthologies. He was the recipient of a 2002 Joseph Henry Jacksonn Award for young California writers, a Pushcart Prize, a Wallace Stegner Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts grant. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter. Visit him online at ericpuchner.com 
Dec 01 2003
Ofelio Campos stood at the edge of the eleventh sloor, dreaming of beds. He thought of showroom floors and king-sized mattresses. He thought of sultanish waterbeds spotted like leopards. He thought of pillows. He thought of freshly washed sheets, crips from the dryer, of a comforter he once slept under in a Las Vegas motel, folding him in like the wings of a bird.