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Missing Persons by Stephanie Carpenter won the 2017 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction. These ten stories offer readers a glimpse into the lives of ordinary people facing out-of-the-ordinary problems—street sweepers sending incomplete messages that a young couple is compelled to decipher; a young woman travels back home with her boyfriend to help him sort through the lives of his deceased parents; a woman smitten with a living-statue artist; and a man finding himself with an unwanted house guest he met through a dating app.