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Liselle Belmont is having a dinner party. It seems a strange occasion -- her husband, Winn, has lost his bid for the state legislature and they're having the key supporters over to thank them for their work. Liselle was never sure about Winn becoming a politician, never sure about the limelight, about the life of fundraising and stump speeches. Now that it's over she is facing new questions: Who are they to each other, after all this? How much of herself has she lost on the way -- and was it worth it? Just before the night begins, she hears from an FBI agent, who claims that Winn is corrupt. Is it possible? How will she make it through this dinner party?Across town, Selena is making her way through the same day, the same way she always does -- one foot in front of the other, keeping quiet and focused, trying not to see the terrors all around her.

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Asali Solomon

Asali Solomon's first novel, Disgruntled, was named a best book of the year by the San Francisco Chronicle and The Denver Post. Her debut story collection, Get Down, earned her a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award and the National Book Foundation's "5 Under 35" honor, and was a finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. Her work has appeared in The Best Short Stories of 2021: The O. Henry Stories, selected by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, O, The Oprah Magazine, Vibe, Essence, The Paris Review Daily, McSweeney's, and several anthologies, and on NPR. Solomon teaches fiction writing and literature of the African diaspora at Haverford College. She lives in Philadelphia.

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