The overdose that night is not a tragedy but a relief. It’s the exclamation mark at the end of a long, breathless sentence. When she wakes up in the hospital, her father is standing over her, the lights in his dark hair. Marge is sitting in a chair against the wall, looking as if she’s having trouble swallowing, as if she can’t stomach her own saliva.
With the help of the folks at Ploughshares and Medium, Year in Reading alumna Megan Mayhew Bergman is publishing a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure literary short story. To participate, read the first chapter (as well as the introduction) online, then tweet Bergman to tell her where the story should go from there.