Marie-Helene Bertino

Short Story of the Day – Day 32

Marie-Helene Bertino’s “Free Ham”

Free Ham

Day Thirty-Two

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This post was meant for the first day of the month! And what a way to celebrate the first day of February! On this day the editors of The Forge Literary Magazine decided to republish one of Bertino’s stories from her collection and first book, Safe As HousesGo read it! It’s the first story in her book and a great one to segue to the rest of her wildly inventive and hilarious stories!

P.S. This is my second time one of Bertino’s stories makes its way into the Short Story of the Day series (obviously she’s one of my favorites) so you should check that post as well if you missed it!



Short Story of the Day – Day 15

Marie-Helene Bertino’s “Sometimes You Break Their Hearts, Sometimes They Break Yours”

Marie-Helene Bertino's short story

Day Fifteen

Today’s short story is another favorite of mine and it’s by the fabulous Marie-Helene Bertino. Her short story collection, Safe As Houses, is as good as they get but before becoming a part of her first book, this story was first published in Indiana Review’s 2009 winter issue.

What makes today special? Well, today Indiana Review republished her alien girl story in their online feature, making it available for readers like you and me to read!


P.S. If you end up loving this story, you’ll definitely love her collection by the way!