Carolyn Cooke

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There’s a saying: “To go back to tradition is the first step forward.” This Thanksgiving, The Connection continues with its tradition of showcasing the short story. Though it’s something of a Connection holiday from topical journalism, it’s still the best of what storytelling can be: provocative, unsettling, engaging. And it is of course the reader or the listener who benefits.

Sue Miller may have said it best. She’s the guest editor for The Best American Short Stories 2002, “These stories arrived in the nick of time to make me believe again in that place, the place where ideas come from, to teach me once more what we read fiction for.” Our first short story is called “The Sugar Tit,” by Carolyn Cooke.


Carolyn Cooke, author of “The Sugar Tit”