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Part three of a short story trilogy by Chiara Barzini

Our father abandoned us. We lived in poverty and squalor. His monthly paychecks added up to seventy dollars. The room where we lived was large enough that we could fit four small beds. One for our mother and father, one for my sister, one for my brother, and one for me. We ate onions because they were sweet. “Oh, how can I go on like this?” our father moaned before leaving. “This is no life!” We all sighed. “How can we possibly be so poor? We are just so poor!” Our mother especially was heartbroken because some days she could not feed us. Those days her hair climbed straight to the top of her head and her curls sprouted up like electrical wires. “Poor us,” we all said. We ate onions and cried every day because our father abandoned us.

PART ONE: "Fat Woman In Jail"
PART TWO: "Bambi Sandwich"

Food fiction by the Italian author and screen writer with artist and performer Jasmine Golestaneh of New York's Tempers

The Onions We Ate by Jasmine Golestaneh


Chiara Barzini is an Italian screen and fiction writer. Her essays and articles have been published or are forthcoming across The Village Voice, Rolling Stone, Harper’s Magazine, Interview, and Vogue. She is the author of the short story collection "Sister Stop Breathing."

Jasmine Golestaneh lives in New York City where she writes and performs music with her band Tempers, makes collages, and summons / evicts demons. Her upcoming Tempers EP "Services" will be out in May with both a collaboration and upcoming gallery show in London with Sang Bleu.