First Beef
Christopher Merkner

When he eats the cow he demanded, and what had been slaughtered and neatly sliced for us to give him on a sugary bun and simple plate, he takes long breaths between his bites. See him sit back. See his jaw work, his throat tight, his chest plunge and lift. He is four, and he is starting to get it.

Christopher Merkner's debut collection of stories is THE RISE AND FALL OF THE SCANDAMERICAN DOMESTIC.

Detail of graphic on main page adapted from photo by Ulf Bodin.

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