Season 3 Episode 7: “My Condolences” by Meryl Branch-McTiernan

**CONTENT WARNING: Explicit sexual language and situations

A young woman returns home with a new goal and a weight on her shoulders.

It’s so interesting when pieces which deal with a lot of the same subject matter carry vastly different moods. Both this piece and episode 5 of this season, JC Anderson’s erotica, deal with sexual awakenings of sorts, but while JC’s piece was sexy and empowering, this piece feels cold, sterile, and awkward — and that’s what we love about it! The character’s voice is so unique, it had us all hooked the first time we read it.

Season 3 Episode 7: My Condolences by Meryl Branch-McTiernan

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Meryl Branch-McTiernan

Meryl Branch-McTiernan has published fiction in the Brooklyn Rail and creative nonfiction in Chaleur Magazine and Ritualwell. Two of her monologues were published in the 2015 collection Men’s Comedic Monologues That Are Actually Funny. She’s blogged for HuffPo Women and is a professional ghostwriter of nonfiction books. Currently she’s pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at Stony Brook. A native New Yorker, she’s received a BS in Television, Radio, and Film from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. Her movie, The Dropout, is currently running a crowdfunding campaign. She also hosts a podcast called The Head, The Heart, and The Vagina.


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