I’ve been a fan of Joe Meno’s ever since I read his collection, Demons in the Spring, which was one of the finalists for last year’s Story Prize. I was intrigued by the design of the book, which incorporated artwork into each of the stories, but what impressed me even more was the unique style of Joe Meno’s prose. Each piece contained a flight of fancy, but was grounded in emotion and wickedly sharp dialogue. One Story issue #122, “Children are the Only Ones Who Blush”, has this in spades. When I first read this story on the subway (where I seem to do all my reading these days), I found myself smiling at Dr. Dank giving therapy to the twins in those matching dentist chairs, then laughing out loud when Jill Thirby arrived, dressed all in yellow. At the same time, underneath this humor, the story was always working on a deeper level, so that when Jack makes his false confession at the end, it reveals a greater darkness. You can find out more about how Joe wrote this story by reading his Q&A with us. And now that you’ve sampled his work, you should also check out his new novel, The Great Perhaps. The New York Times recently said, “Meno is thinking hard about why the world is the way it is and about where hope for change might reasonably lie.” For me it lies in the image of Jill Thirby, dressed like the sun, trying to float herself with a hundred balloons.