Ben Fountain’s most recent book is Beautiful Country Burn Again, which won the Texas Institute of Letters’ Carr P. Collins Award for nonfiction. His work has received the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, the PEN/Hemingway Award, and the Los Angeles Times Book Award for Fiction, and his debut novel, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, was a finalist for the National Book Award. He grew up in North Carolina and has lived in Texas the past thirty years.
A featured short story from the Spring 2020 issue.
She stopped short. The dogs would have passed without noticing her, but Seth had to give them a parting yap. In a second they wheeled around and came straight at her, and for all the rest of her days she would recall the awesome beauty of that movement, like they were drilled, no break in stride or even demeanor, just that smooth silent pivot and their eyes locking on.