Ryan Harty’s short-story collection, Bring Me Your Saddest Arizona, won the John Simmons Short Fiction award and will be published in October. He also has stories forthcoming in the Pushcart Prize anthology and The Best American Short Stories 2003. He lives in San Francisco and teaches creative writing at Stanford University. 
Jun 01 2003
Lynn is taking her mother to the plastic surgeon’s office in Scottsdale, driving west on McKellips, past industrial lost and fields of dry weeds. Her mother, a small, pretty woman in an owl-print blouse, fold and unfolds a handkerchief in her lap as she stares out the window. Terrence, Lynn’s roommate, sits in the backseat, leafing through a brochure on plastic surgery.
Jun 01 2002
Don't Call It Christmas
When he got home that night is was raining hard, and the girl lay in the entryway, crying. The boy was gone, but his chrome bike still stood against the wall. The girl glanced up from her dirty yellow blanket, eyes red, cheeks dark with mascara.