The New Generation of Classic Short Stories

Vol. 6, No. 4

Doris Is Coming

by ZZ Packer

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It’s New Year’s Eve, 1961, and Doris Yates is in a Pentecostal church in Louisville waiting for the world to end. But the Rapture passes over a South still grappling with racial relations and Doris is left to make sense of this world. Packer conjures a Civil Rights movement made not of superhuman heroism, but of individuals seeking self-definition.

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