The Dream

by Roberta Allen


That first night on the Nile, sleeping on the deck of the felluca in the sweet-smelling air, under a sky full of stars, the water swaying gently beneath me, my tour mates beside me, I should have felt grateful. Indeed, I would have felt grateful, if not for the dream I had of my partner’s betrayal with a younger woman. It seemed so real when I awoke that despite wanting to see the Temple of Edfu and the tombs in the ancient Theban Necropolis, more than anything I wanted to go home.


Roberta Allen is the author of nine books, including three collections of micro/flash and short stories, a novel and a memoir. Her latest is The Princess of Herself, Stories. Her stories have been published in many journals, such as Conjunctions, Guernica, Open City and Bomb. She has been a Tennessee Williams Fellow in Fiction. Also a conceptual artist, her work is in the collections of The Met Museum and MoMA.



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