By Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum

Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum is the author of three collections of short fiction: What We Do With the Wreckage, winner of the 2017 Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction (published by UGA Press, October, 2018); Swimming With Strangers (Chronicle Books, 2008); and This Life She's Chosen (Chronicle Books, 2005). Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared widely in journals, and she's been the recipient of a Jack Straw Writers Program fellowship and a PEN/O. Henry Prize. She lives near Seattle with her family and teaches high school English.

Last light

It’s late afternoon on a winter Saturday, and I’ve taken my children to the beach for an hour of fresh air, an hour of running around and tossing beach stones into the water before the day is gone. What light we’ll get today in the northwestern corner of the country has already crested and is…