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In Admit This to No One, we meet a group of women connected to a central figure either personally or professionally, and for better or for worse―an all-powerful and elusive Speaker of the House, whose political career has only stopped short of being Presidential due to his myriad extra-marital affairs. The Speaker’s daughters from his several failed marriages have a complicated relationship with him to say the least―alternating between longing for his affection or bristling with resentment, and occasionally relief at being left out of the spotlight.
These stories show us how Washington, D.C.’s true currency is power, but power is inextricable from oppression―D.C. is a city divided, not just by red or blue, right or left, but Black and white. Segregated by income and opportunity, but also physically by bridges and rivers, and police vehicles, Leslie Pietrzyk casts an unflinching and exacting gaze on her characters, as they grapple with the ways they have upheld white supremacy and misogyny.
Paula Whyman is the author of the linked story collectionYou May See a Stranger, which won the Towson Prize for Literature. Her work has appeared in places like McSweeney’s Quarterly, Virginia Quarterly Review, Ploughshares, The Washington Post, and on NPR. She is Vice President of the MacDowell Fellows Executive Committee and a fellow of MacDowell, Yaddo, VCCA, and The Studios of Key West. She has received two Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Awards. She is editor in chief of Scoundrel Time literary journal.
Carolyn Parkhurst is the New York Times bestselling author of four novels, including The Dogs of Babel and Lost and Found. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, and The Rumpus. She lives in Washington, DC with her family.