This short story from the collection Wild Child was originally published in Best Life.
Smithstown is a divided community, and Cal is right in the middle. He
believes, like his best friend Dave, that evolution is scientific fact. But
he’s drawn to Lynnese, a devout Christian who believes in intelligent design and whose daughter, Mary-Louise, has only widened the chasm forming in the town.
As Smithstown is split between science and religion and their place in the
local high school, Cal doesn’t know which way to turn or which side of the road
to walk on.
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