Chop Suey Sandwich

A homemade lunch ruins a high school student's day.

Updated: March 8, 2011, 7:11 PM ET
By Stuart Dybek | ESPN The Magazine

This short story was edited by McSweeney's for ESPN The Magazine's Fiction Issue.

FROM MY SEAT at the kitchen table, I watched my father scoop last night's congealed chop suey onto a slice of Wonder Bread he'd centered on a sheet of waxed paper. He made his lunch every morning before leaving for the factory, and he made mine, too, on days when he wanted to clean out the fridge. I knew it was hopeless to resist. Methodical as a mason, he tamped a gob level with the spoon and aligned ...

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