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J. PATRICK REDMOND was born and raised in southern Indiana and recently returned to his home state after sixteen years of living in South Florida and teaching for the Miami-Dade County Public School System. Patrick holds a BA in English from Florida International University in Miami and an MFA in creative writing and literature from Stony Brook University in Southampton, New York. He is a contributing blogger for the Huffington Post, and his writing has appeared in the NOH8 Campaign blog, the Southampton Review, and in the Barnes & Noble Review’s Grin & Tonic. He is also the 2012 recipient of the Deborah Hecht Memorial Prize in Fiction. Some Go Hungry is his first novel, and when asked about it, Patrick says, “It’s about God, guns, gays, and green beans.” Additional information is available at jpatrickredmond.com

Myrna Boil

Myrna Boil looked as if she had eaten one too many of her own homemade lemon pies, her lips constantly puckered as if something much too tart were in her mouth. Even her hair looked beat, whipped like egg whites into meringue, its glossy peaks perched impeccably upon her head. Her makeup, polyester trousers, everything about her appearance was fifties-housewife impeccable. A place for everything – everything in its place. Somehow her doughy legs, despite their lumbering gate, managed to carry her religiously to Daniels’ Family Buffet and prior to the Buffet, for decades, Daniels’ Diner. She wasn’t just the organist at Wabash Valley Baptist Church, she was its self-appointed matriarch. To me, growing up in the restaurant, it seemed she’d always been old, an immortal. There were others of her ilk. They too had silver-blue hair. Her allies always bearing baked goods in baking dishes marked with masking tape, their black signatures penned upon the manila adhesive, whenever there was a tragedy, to ensure their empty container, after grief, found its way back home. I was certain she was their ringleader.

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