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Jessica Reisman's stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. Her far future science fiction adventure novel SUBSTRATE PHANTOMS came out from Resurrection House Books May 2017, and her story "Bourbon, Sugar, Grace" appeared on Tor.com in June 2017. She grew up on the east coast of the U.S., was a teenager on the west coast, and now lives in Austin, Texas. She's been a writer, animal lover, devoted reader, and movie aficionado since she was a wee child. Find out more at storyrain.com.
Jan 25, 2019 · 4,261 words (16 minutes)
"The Bottom Garden" was originally published in the anthology Unfit for Eden. Unfit for Eden is how most every abandoned or lost creature feels. “The Bottom Garden” is an attempt to tell story about childhood loss. It’s actually one of my most personal stories. It responds to a line in an Adrienne Rich poem, “The child’s soul carries on/in the wake of home” (In the Wake of Home, 1983), weaving a travel blanket from the scraps of the lost warmth, safety, and nurture of family and home.