When Simone meets Agnes in the first grade, she becomes convinced that her brother Glenn, who died the previous year in Vietnam, has been reincarnated in her new friend. After a photo of Glenn and Simone disappears, Simone is convinced Agnes has stolen it, but doesn’t confront her. Connected for reasons they don’t fully understand, Simone and Agnes remain best friends until high school, when Agnes’s popularity increases at the expense of Simone’s. Simone is determined to win Agnes back, even if it means stealing a picture as well.
Sybil Baker is author of four other works of fiction, including most recently While You Were Gone. Her essay collection Immigration Essays was the 2018-2019 Read2Achieve first year selection at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. A UC Foundation Professor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and faculty of the Yale Writers’ Workshop, Sybil received a 2017 Individual Artist’s Fellowship from the Tennessee Arts Commission for her work.