About the Author
KATE SUTHERLAND's first book of short fiction, Summer Reading (Thistledown Press) was shortlisted for a Saskatchewan Book Award for Best First Book in 1995 won the 1995 Saskatchewan Book Award for Best First Book and her work has appeared in Grain, Prairie Fire and The New Quarterly. Her . She is a law professor at York University in Toronto.
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Saturday night started off like usual - just us girls, and Mitch, drinking in the parking lot behind the Pentecostal church. We got super-size orange drinks from the McDonald's, poured a bunch out, then topped them up with little airline bottles of vodka that Mitch stole from his mom. I'm pretty sure she stole them from the airline where she used to be a stewardess, which is probably why she's not a stewardess anymore. She says they fired her when she got fat, even after all the sacrifices she made for the job, and she's going to sue them for everything, just watch her. She's always suing somebody for something. She gives Mitch a dopey, teary look every time she says the part about sacrifices, and we all know she's talking about his dad getting custody of him, back when his parents split up. She's got thousands of little bottles of booze all over her apartment the way other people have china knickknacks. Mitch swipes a bunch for us every time he's over there, which is why we hang out with him. That and because we like to have a guy's opinion on stuff sometimes.
-from "Open All Night"