Quite recently I read and greatly enjoyed my first story by Laura van den Berg, "Opa Locka". After posting on this story I was very happy to find one of her short stories published in the excellant New York City focused online journal Brooklyn Magazine.
I prefer posting when I can about stories that can be read online and one of my purposes in this post is to share with my readers a link to this delightfully strange brushed by magic realism story, with a reading time of just a few minutes. I read "Where Have All the Buildings Gone" three times.
Ellen is an ariichtect with a high end firm. Her current assignment is to design a parking garage. When it comes time for her presentation she brings in a model of an entire city and ends up being fired. Her husband teaches at an expensive private school. One day Ursula, a student at the school where her husband teaches knocks on her door and inexplicably asks to live in their basement. Now the strory becomes very strange and we begin to see Ellen has her issues. They have to move as without her pay they cannot afford the rent and her husband moves to another school. I don't want to tell any more of the plot as it is so much fun to read.
You can read the story here
From the author's web page