Announcing the 2016 Consequence Prize in Fiction Winner
Hester Kaplan selected this year’s winning story: “Take the Last Right Turn on Lemon Avenue” by Jeff Burt.
About the selected story Hester Kaplan wrote:
“Take the Last Right Turn on Lemon Avenue” explores in beautiful and spare prose the unlikely—and life-saving—friendship between neighbors touched by war, one a Viet Nam vet, the other a Vietnamese man whose village was bombed when he was a boy. Initially wary of each other, and both isolated by loss, the two men find common ground and solace in the rituals of fishing together, and as the narrator describes it, a way to alleviate “the pain and feeling of chaos building inside me.” An exquisitely rendered episode of a fellow soldier’s death haunts “Take the Last Right Turn on Lemon Avenue,” a reminder that the echoes of war are always with us. This is a fully-felt, powerful, and deeply moving piece of work.”