Karen E. Bender’s story collection Refund: Stories will be published by Counterpoint Press in January 2015. She is also the author of the novels Like Normal People and A Town of Empty Rooms. Her fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Ploughshares, Narrative, The Harvard Review, and other magazines. Her work has also been selected for Best American Short Stories, Best American Mystery Stories, and the Pushcart Prize. Visit her at karenebender.com.