John McManus

John McManus is the author of four books of fiction: Stop Breakin Down, Born on a Train, Bitter Milk, and his latest story collection, Fox Tooth Heart, forthcoming in November. His work has appeared in Ploughshares, Tin House, McSweeney’s, American Short Fiction, The Literary Review, and Harvard Review, among other journals and anthologies. He grew up in East Tennessee and lives in Virginia, where he teaches in the creative writing program at
Old Dominion University.
February 26, 2015

A short story by John McManus.

I first met Max on my way home from the Gulp, a bottomless whirlpool in the Everglades where people go to commit suicide. This was in 2005. You have to hike six miles along a blackwater canal dug by Andrew Jackson’s slaves, to a remote lake where you wade out until you’re sucked under to drown. Your body turns up in the Intracoastal Waterway. I don’t know the physics of it.