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John J. Clayton

John J. Clayton

John J. Clayton grew up in New York City. His fourth collection of short fiction, Minyan: Ten Interwoven Stories, was published in 2016.

Through the open kitchen window he hears the whine and growl of the chain saw. Tim Collins: taking down the small barn. Last winter, after...

At every synagogue, the month of Elul at the end of summer is exhausting for the leadership of the congregation and for the rabbi—as it...

It’s April, the snowbirds are flying back from Florida and Hawaii, and on Tuesday mornings at 7:30 a few are to be seen perching again...

Laura O’Malley is the most surprising congregant in the Tuesday morning minyan at B’nai Shalom—Children of Peace. For one thing, she’s still in college, and...

Tuesday morning, the synagogue still dark. Locking the car, she looks up at the old, red-brick building, once, a hundred years ago, a home for...

Every night he reads to his beloved dead brother. Reads poetry, reads stories, and, accompanying himself clumsily on guitar, sings Jacob’s own songs to him....

This story begins fifteen years ago.–I’m not looking for sympathy or something, he tells Sheryl over breakfast. I’m being objective. Pass the marmalade, will you?...

David Breuer, lying in his hospital bed, listens down into himself, waiting for his aorta to burst. Not that he’s impatient. It’s like waiting for...