“Nora did not tell her son many stories about his father. She preferred not to mention him at all, adhering to what she referred to as “the thumper principle” after the rabbit in Bambi: if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” By Emily Kiernan
About Emily Kiernan
A native of a decaying Pennsylvania steel town (the one from the Billy Joel song), Emily Kiernan writes about islands, vaudeville, implacable but unjustified feelings of abandonment, the West, and places that aren't the way she remembered them. Her work has appeared in Pank, The Collagist, Atticus Review, Cobalt, and other journals. More information can be found at emilykiernan.com.