Ethan Rutherford

Ethan Rutherford’s work has appeared in Ploughshares, One Story, American Short Fiction, and the New York Tyrant and has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories. His first book, The Peripatetic Coffin and Other Stories, was published in May 2013 and was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, named one of the “Best Books of Summer” by Publishers Weekly, and long-listed for the Frank O’Connor Award. He lives in Akron, Ohio.

Impossible Rooms

My son is two years old now. When people ask me what he’s like, I say he’s like his mother: happy, unafraid. He’s receptive to the world, and trusting of it. That’s not the way I…