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Zone 3 - Fall 2006

  • Issue Number: Volume 21 Number 2
  • Published Date: Fall 2006
  • Publication Cycle: Biannual

Zone 3’s current issue is a thoroughly entertaining selection of poetry and short fiction, though if you have recently experienced a troubled relationship, this issue might not be the one for you. James Iredell’s “Custodian” gives a snapshot of an unfulfilled woman who is attracted to a coworker and fears her husband is having an affair with his new boss. A. Van Jordan’s selection from Quantum Lyrics Montage portrays, through a series of individual poems, Einstein and his lover’s perspectives on their rocky relationship. Two stand-out stories were Daniel M. Jaffe’s “Hide-and-Seek” and Sara Majka’s “Green Street.” Jaffe takes the reader into the final meeting between a rabbi and his former housekeeper (and now ex-mistress), which is complicated further by her being African-American and the mother of his little girl. Majka’s story shows a bartender who could not find love or success with his bar in a small strip mall overtaken by a college expansion project. Although there are more optimistic works in the collection, this issue’s memorable treatment of troubled and unhealthy relationships is both realistic and honest. []

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Review Posted on April 30, 2007

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