Counterpoint Press
Karen Bender
“Free Lunch”

“Free Lunch” is from Karen Bender’s collection, REFUND (Counterpoint Press, 2015).  Bender’s stories have appeared in The Harvard Review, Ploughshares, Narrative, and elsewhere.  She is the author of two novels, A TOWN OF EMPTY ROOMS (Counterpoint Press) and LIKE NORMAL PEOPLE (Houghton Mifflin).


Praise for the story collection:


“The stories are replete with poignant, tragic moments…her graceful and sensitive treatment of her characters reminds us that in difficult times, it’s important to remember that everyone is fighting a hard battle.” — The Boston Globe


“A masterful new collection.”  — Atlanta Journal-Constitution


“Each of the “Refund” stories is an impeccably constructed miniature, a ship in a bottle that makes the reader wonder how the author got all that detail, all that craft, into such a small container. Taken as a whole, the collection is a 13-stop journey into some richly imagined worlds…Bender’s willingness to go deep, to burrow down into what’s right and wrong about 21st century America and Americans is a mirror that draws us in and does not allow us to look away.” — The Los Angeles Times

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