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Volume 32 | Issue 1 | 2018

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From "The American Dream" (p. 7)

by Deborah J. Nedelman

As an adult, Kathleen pitied people who did not know the rapture of desire mixed with fear, of taking what you wanted without following the rules. She knew how others saw her — a mousey woman who lived a dull life. Nothing special about her; she wasn’t particularly unattractive or fat or disabled in any way. She was so ordinary as to be invisible. And that was the beauty of it.

It was a game, a dance. She walked on a knife-edge, she courted danger. The pleasure she got from succeeding in the face of risk was as much of a reward as the stuff she took. The delicious combination of wanting (in the red-blooded American way) mixed with the tingle of jeopardy made her high.

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Begun by novelist and short-story writer Dr. Terry Dalrymple in 1987, Concho River Review is a biannual literary journal published by the Department of English and Modern Languages at Angelo State University. Since its inception, CRR has prided itself on publishing some of the finest short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from both emerging and established authors. Although originally designed as a forum for Texas writers, over the years its reach and interests have extended well beyond Texas and the Southwest.