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John J. Clayton

John J. Clayton

John J. Clayton grew up in New York City. His fourth collection of short fiction, Minyan: Ten Interwoven Stories, was published in 2016.

David Breuer, lying in his hospital bed, listens down into himself, waiting for his aorta to burst. Not that he’s impatient. It’s like waiting for...

It’s the same every morning, only more and more terrible. While David Levy does his exercises, he listens to the latest griefs over the radio....

She clung to him as if she wanted their cells to merge, and she keened—because it seemed like the end, and tragic; or, more tragic,...

Almost every day now, Daniel Hirsch looks up from his desk in the Boston office where he practices law or stands on clear fall days...

Here is a man stripped of much of what he thought of as his life. His son is dead, his work is gone, his mother...

Liebowitz comes into my office again. He knocks, though why bother since he enters at the same exact instant, waves at me in disgust and...

In a third-rate motel in Venice, California, Jacob Gershom is being nudged out of afternoon sleep. How can he mind? Marya (rhymes with aria) sweeps...

Frankly, I don’t see much difference between what sits on the fiction shelves of my bookstore and what walks in the door. In a vacation...

My wife thinks I’m depressed. Certainly I’m depressed. Why shouldn’t I be? But when she complains about my study of the holy books, she doesn’t...