Victoria Lancelotta is the author of the story collection Here in the World and the novels Far and Coeurs Blesses. Her new work has appeared most recently in magazines such as the Antioch Review and the Mississippi Review and will be included in the Best American Short Stories 2009. She is the recipient of an Individual Artist Fellowship for the state of Tennessee. She lives in Nashville, where she is at work on a new collection of short stories. 
Jun 01 2009
“That was Matthew,” he says. “He’s in jail. He said last night-whoever he was with, somebody new, I didn’t recognize the name-I don’t know. He doesn’t remember much. He said they were drinking and then they were fighting and now he’s in jail.” We’re facing each other across our cluttered kitchen, Joe with the phone and me with a wooden spoon, silent-two people who are rarely silent together. Hot oil spatters the back of my hand, and I move the pan off the heat.
“I don’t know,” Joe says. “All I know is what he told me. I assume she called the cops and they took him in.”