‘The Visitors’ by Anum Asi

With humour and sly asides about online dating, mothers, and visiting friends, this story slowly circles the grief a young woman feels over losing her sister. Even things that should be impossible (a dead sister talking from the lip of a carpet), seem plausible after Asi spends careful time building up details before confronting us with the otherworldly nature of her grief.

First published in Indiana Review, Winter 2019, Volume 41, Number 2