Salad Days

The nineties have just come to a close when newly married twenty-somethings Ana and Paul abandon their deep-set roots in Jersey and move out west to Portland, Oregon. Soon after they settle into the sleepy, new city, Ana starts hanging out with Drew, her new boss, a mellow, long-haired skateboarder from So-Cal and the complete opposite in temperament to feisty Paul. Drew and Ana become fast friends. And it’s not long before everything that Ana thought she was building from scratch in a sluggish but thriving new city washes away with the relentless Northwest rains.


Photo by Jennifer Brommer

Frances Badalamenti is the author of the novels I Don’t Blame You, Salad Days and Many Seasons (forthcoming in November 2024). Her personal essays, short stories and interviews can be found at The New Yorker, The Believer Magazine, BOMB, Vol.1 Brooklyn and elsewhere. She lives in Portland, Oregon, where she teaches writing workshops and works as a mentor for writers.

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