In The Sunday Paper
Short Story published in 2013 in The Indiana Review
The narrator reflects on a photo in the Sunday newspaper showing his parents in a hilarious mood as they are interviewed about their new book, another in a series of guides for parents who have lost a child. On the shelf behind them are photos of the son they lost, the brother of the narrator. As two social workers, they built successful careers from the ashes of their grief. Their surviving son has somehow been lost along the way as their ambitions made them world renowned experts in parental grieving.
Prompted by a photo in the Sunday New York Times