“Aesop Lake” by Sarah Ward Green Writers Press, 2018
Leda Keogh’s boyfriend is the bright spot in her life. Her father’s death has left the family in desperate financial circumstances that have led her mother to supplement her care-giving job by selling opioids. Her older brother Keegan’s minimum-wage earnings aren’t much help. But David! He’s a handsome senior, and he has a baseball scholarship to UCLA. His only flaw is that he is anti-gay, and frequently targets Ricky, her lab partner, and his lover Jonathan with verbal abuse.