This week, we have Leora Skolkin-Smith’s short story, “The Fragile Mistress,” which is an excerpt from the novel of the same name.
Provenance on this one is difficult: it’s an unpublished excerpt from a previously published novel (published by Grace Paley in 2005). That novel was called Edges.
The book has since been expanded to include other scenes that had been cut (you could call the newer version a writer’s cut, I suppose).
The novel was re-titled. Now it’s called The Fragile Mistress and will soon be published in the U.K.
Also, it will soon be a movie; it’s now in pre-production with Triboro Pictures and will be shot in the Middle East, along with New York and London.