From: Miami Noir, ed. Les Standiford. Akashic Books, 2006.
When her mother leaves, sixteen-year-old Kate is forced to live in a trailer park where she is sexually abused by her father. Pulled out of school, Kate spends most of her time reading novels, making up stories that she weaves into elaborate lies to the neighbors.
Despite this story's brevity, I quickly empathized with Kate and wondered if and how she would turn the tables on her father.