Wally Lamb is the author of She’s Come Undone. His first story, “Astronauts,” which originally appeared in the Missouri Review, won the William Peden Prize for fiction. 
Sep 01 1997
The Solitary Twin
This story is no currently available online. One Saturday morning when my brother and I were ten, our family television set spontaneously combusted.
Jun 01 1989
“Next slide,” the astronaut says. For a second, the auditorium is as void and dark as space itself. Then a curve of the earth’s ulcerated surface flashes on the screen and the students’ silhouettes return, bathed in tones of green. This is the third hour in a row Duncan Foley has seen this picture and heard the smiling public relations astronaut, sent, in the wake of the Challenger disaster, to the high school where Duncan teaches. It’s September; attendance at the assembly is mandatory.