Elizabeth Chiles Shelburne grew up reading, writing and shooting in East Tennessee. After graduating from Amherst College, she became a staff editor at **The Atlantic**. Her non-fiction work has appeared in **The Atlantic, The Boston Globe, and Globalpost**, among others. Her short fiction has appeared in **Broad River Review,** where it was a finalist for the Ron Rash Award. Her first novel, Holding On To Nothing, from which this story is drawn, will be published with Blair in October.