Ashley Blooms was born and raised in Cutshin, Kentucky. She received her MFA from the University of Mississippi as a John and Renee Grisham Fellow. Her work has appeared in Shimmer and On Spec. She currently lives in Oxford, Mississippi with her husband and their dog. You can find her online at ashleyblooms.com.
I was twelve when my mother was born. Twelve or thereabouts. If I’d been older, I could have said things like I never wanted to be a daughter; I don’t have a filial bone in my body. Relatives could have tilted their heads at me, insisting I’d change my mind. But I was twelve so I said nothing. I had no relatives.
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