‘Drinking Coffee Elsewhere’ by ZZ Packer

A short story with the expansiveness, depth and protracted emotional drama of a novel- Packer has a voice so fresh and unmistakably brilliant that I immediately had to get her collection after reading this story.  

First published in The New Yorker, June 2000. Collected in Drinking Coffee Elsewhere, Riverhead, 2003, Canongate, 2004.)

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