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Ilana Masad is a queer Israeli American fiction writer, essayist, and book critic. Her debut novel, All My Mother's Lovers , comes out with Dutton in May 2020.
Masad's work has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Paris Review, NPR, BuzzFeed, Catapult, StoryQuarterly, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, as well as many others. She is the founder and host of The Other Stories podcast, which features new, emerging, and established fiction writers. Currently, she is a doctoral student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she also serves as the assistant nonfiction editor for Prairie Schooner.

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The girl is sick. The girl is sick because she has a fever and is ill. The girl is sick because her notions of right and wrong are wrong. The girl is wrong for fomenting revolution. From her sickbed, the girl contemplates what her life would have been without revolt. Without the need for disgust stewed so deep and insidious in her daily meal of words and glances and cultural consumption that no...

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