Deborah Treisman, fiction editor at The New Yorker, recently spoke with Warren Wilson faculty member Antonya Nelson about her new short story, “Chapter Two,” which appears in the March 26 issue of the magazine:

Do you think that A.A.—and other groups like it—are rich territory for fictional narrative?

My siblings, who are psychologists, are treated every day to a rich variety of “true stories.” The charge of sitting before a group of people—or a single person, as in the shrink’s office—and fashioning a narrative that both entertains and conforms to a manageable time frame seems like exactly the kind of thing that makes a short story possible.

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