Dana Fitz Gale won the Brighthorse Prize in Short Fiction for her debut story collection, Spells for Victory and Courage (Brighthorse Books, 2016), which was also a finalist for the Flannery O’Connor Award and the Ohio State Book Prize. She has received numerous other awards for her fiction, which has recently appeared in the Hudson Review, Crazyhorse, Prairie Schooner, Indiana Review, and elsewhere.
In our green Plymouth station wagon, we crisscrossed the map. My mother let me choose our destinations. “Any state but Georgia” was Eve’s rule, though I still memorized the Georgia motto: Wisdom, Justice, Moderation. . . .