Online Fiction Interview: Courtney Sender

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In Courtney Sender’s “The Solidarity of Fat Girls,” three sisters raise their younger brother following abandonment by their mother. The story traces their little family’s trajectory only in the broadest sense, noting the major events of their lives, including the illness and death of one sister as well as the engagement of the younger brother to a fat girl who “doesn’t assume that people’s brothers should love her.” […]

The Solidarity of Fat Girls

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It is your luck to be the brother of three fat girls.

They have insisted on the moniker. “We are fat girls,” Elsie has told you. “If you don’t accept it, who will?”

“Don’t say that,” you have replied, hopelessly. “You’re beautiful,” and she has kissed your forehead wetly, like an aunt—she is thirteen years your senior; she relishes that word girls—and said, “Exactly.” […]

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