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If…

by Christopher James

If a child was kidnapped, and the parents didn’t pay the ransom for so long the kidnappers gave up and returned the child anyway, and the child, presumably missing at least one finger by this stage, was working up the courage to ask the parents why they didn’t just pay, that’s how I feel about you.

Christopher James lives, works and writes in Jakarta, Indonesia. He has previously been published online in many venues, including Tin House, Fanzine, McSweeney’s, SmokeLong, and Wigleaf. He is the editor of Jellyfish Review.

What surprising, fascinating stuff can you tell us about the origin, drafting, and/or final version of “If”?

I’ve wanted to write some version of this story for three or four years (held hostage by the idea) but could never get it to work. It was, therefore, a wonderful surprise to realize it was such a short piece all along!

News

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