“A classic tale of forbidden love, a Romeo and Juliet for the current moment.” —San Francisco Chronicle
A Vintage Shorts “Short Story Month” Original Selection
Hector didn’t know how to stop Azmina from doing what she did whenever she came over, which was to clean. Hector is young and struggling in America, and his apartment is small, sometimes trash-strewn, and often full of sloppy roommates. But in his own room he carves out a space for Azmina, and with her finds forbidden first love.
“Witness” is a luminous, moving story from the author of The Last First Day and The Rope Walk—a poignant look at the overlooked corners of once-grand metropolises and the inhabitants that call them home.
CARRIE BROWN is the author of five novels and a collection of short stories. She has received many honors for her work, including a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award, the Janet… More about Carrie Brown
“A classic tale of forbidden love, a Romeo and Juliet for the current moment. . . . Through her deft use of omniscient point of view, Brown gives equal tension to issues of race and class, the opportunity gap between the educated and neglected, and the double standard of American immigration law.” —San Francisco Chronicle
Praise for Carrie Brown and The Last First Day
“A beautiful piece of writing: bittersweet with nostalgia, surprisingly sensual and sharply nuanced in its depiction of the strains and rewards that shape any long marriage. . . . A restrained yet emotionally powerful portrait of enduring love.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Beautifully written, with deeply memorable characters, The Last First Day is a powerful examination of love across the years and a heartfelt story of the strength of unbreakable bonds.” —Carol Gladstein, Booklist
“Brown has accomplished one of literature’s most difficult feats—to write compellingly, and convincingly, about human happiness. The Last First Day is marvelous.” —Ron Rash, author of Serena and The Cove