This short story from the collection Wild Child was originally published in Harper’s.
Mae is in her southern California garden early one morning when a
tiger shows up at the edge of her yard. Meanwhile Mae’s sister, Anita, is in
Wisconsin grieving her dead husband, dealing with a pack of feral cats
under her trailer, and trying to start a relationship with Todd, a man who’s lobbying
for a ballot measure that will allow people to kill strays. Mae and Anita have
been vegetarians since high school, but they’re still learning what it means to
care about animals, both wild and human.
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