COURTNEY MCDERMOTT earned her MFA in creative writing from the University of Notre Dame. She is an English lecturer at Tufts University, and her first book of short stories will be published by Whitepoint Press in 2013.
Off the Main Highway
by Courtney McDermott
At the Chickasaw Motel, three generations of the McGuinness clan are led by their elderly and overbearing patriarch. Only little Riley, “the smartest f-ing kid”, is spared the brunt of Grandpa McGuinness’s cruelty; ironically, it is his encouragement that provides her with a way out.