Anticipating copyright issues I cannot being to understand, I will not copy and paste Diseases Starting with “A” here, though I want to if not simply to keep a copy in my archives. A link to the site (both cached and current) is provided below.
I found Diseases Starting with an “A” scrolling through the fiction section at YARN’s (Young Adult Review Network) site, and found this 5300 word story compelling enough to read through until the end. This is the kind of literary voice I aim for when writing in teenage perspective (which somehow eludes me, though I am a teenager myself.)
The author, Tilghman, co-authored “A 52-Hertz Whale,” Young Adult novel recently released by Carolrhoda Lab (Lerner) that features the same characters in this short story. Natalie received a 2015 Rona Jaffe Prize and first prize for fiction in The Atlantic’s 2010 Student Writing Contest. She would like to dedicate this story to the memory of her father (Luke P. Haney, 1952-1991) and to all young people who have lost a parent. Visit Natalie at http://www.natalietilghman.com.