Roy Kesey is the author of three books: a novella, Nothing in the World (Dzanc Books); a story collection, All Over (Dzanc Books); and Nanjing: A Cultural and Historical Guide for Travelers (Atomic Press). His work has appeared in more than sixty magazines and in several anthologies, including Best American Short Stories, The Robert Olen Butler Prize Anthology and New Sudden Fiction. He currently lives in Syracuse with his wife and children. 
Jun 01 2009
Finally I figured out [an angle] and give it to the extremely morose man who took money from my children whenever they wanted to catch goldfish in his sad little inflatable pool…. I thought about how teh clientele had changed in the past few years and about what that might mean for the city and the country and my character. I gave him an apartment in the building where my Mandarin teacher lived. Then I gave him a history and waited for it to come back and bite him in the ass, the way all our histories do.