Faced with the biological reality of her endometriosis, the narrator of "Barren" embarks on an adventure to assert herself as the woman she desires to be.  After a childcare “misunderstanding” at her job, she leaves her small Missouri town and heads west to San Diego to explore her role as a woman in a society that reveres children with wit and bite.

10% of the profits from this short story will be donated to the Truth Initiative.

About the Author:

Sally K Lehman is the author of the novels In The Fat which was on the Multnomah County Library list of Best Novels of 2016, The Unit – Room 154, and Living in the Second Tense, as well as the short story Small Minutes. She was the editor/co-editor of the anthologies Bear the Pall, War Stories 2016, and War Stories 2017. Her work can be found in several literary magazines including Vox Poetica, Lunch Ticket and The Coachella Review. Sally is a graduate of the Maslow Family Graduate in Creative Writing Program at Wilkes University, where she has worked on the literary magazine River and South Review as Creative NonFiction and Managing Editor. She lives in the Portland, Oregon area. For more stories and poetry, go to and You can also follow Sally on Facebook, or on Instagram @SallyKLehman, and Twitter @SallyKLehman

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