‘The Last Thunderstorm of the Summer’ by Katie Zdybel

Zdybel’s first collection is the best domestic short fiction, each phrase so aptly tuned to emotion, that I’ve read since Alice Munro’s Too Much Happiness. Her incisive, pared-down prose and her insight into family life and friendship mark her as a writer to watch in the years to come. In this story, a twentysomething woman discovers her own notion of feminine sexuality while skinny-dipping with her best friend’s mother during a thunderstorm.

First published in The New Quarterly, Fall 2018 and in the collection Equipoise, Exile Editions 2021