A Gatsby Party

by Amina Gautier


I’d said we should throw a party. A Gatsby-themed party. It’d been a while since we’d had people over. But what I’d meant was art deco décor, women in fringy flapper dresses and glittery headbands, and men dapper in fedoras and brogues. Instead, he went full-on Gatsby, and ran over a woman in the road. We can’t leave her out here, I said. Someone’s bound to notice. We carried her inside. We’ll have to put her on the bed until the guests are gone, I said. He hesitated. What else? I asked. What else are you not telling me?



Amina Gautier is the author of three short-story collections: “At-Risk,” “Now We Will Be Happy,” and “The Loss of All Lost Things.”

“At-Risk” was awarded the Flannery O’Connor Award and the Eric Hoffer Legacy Award. “Now We Will Be Happy” was awarded the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction, and the International Latino Book Award. “The Loss of All Lost Things” was awarded the Elixir Press Award in Fiction, the International Latino Book Award, and the Phillis Wheatley Award.

Gautier has been the recipient of fellowships and grants from the American Antiquarian Society, Callaloo, the Camargo Foundation, the Chateau de Lavigny, Dora Maar House/Brown Foundation, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, MacDowell Colony, Ragdale, Ucross, Vermont Studio Center, and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation.

More than one hundred of her stories have been published, appearing in such magazines as Agni, Best African American Fiction, Blackbird, Glimmer Train, Hong Kong Review, Latino Book Review, Mississippi Review, Prairie Schooner, Quarterly West, and the Southern Review, among over a hundred over places.

For her body of work, she has received the Blackwell Prize, the Chicago Public Library Foundation’s 21st Century Award, and the PEN/MALAMUD Award for Excellence in the Short Story.