Things I Left Behind in Kalispell, Montana

The narrator of this ruefully funny short story about time and loss lists all the things he shed against his will on a road trip to Kalispell, Montana. Haunted by his brother’s suicide, he copes poorly with a 1976 Honda Civic with engine trouble, his wife leaving him for a tow truck driver with an unfinished doctoral dissertation, and the dangerous idea that people die of heartbreak. More

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About Benjamin Chambers

Benjamin Chambers is a professional writer and editor educated at the University of Chicago and Washington University in St. Louis. His creative work has appeared in many publications, including The Iowa Review, ZYZZYVA, Foreign Service Journal, MANOA, and The Mississippi Review. A former fiction editor at The Chicago Review, he was editor and founder of the award-winning online literary journal, The King’s English (, which specialized in novellas. His columns on fiction from The New Yorker appeared online in Emdashes (

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