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Candace Opper

Candace Jane Opper is a writer, a mother, and an occasional visual artist. Her writing has appeared in Guernica, Longreads, Brevity, Creative Nonfiction, Literary Hub and Vestoj, among others. This essay is adapted from her first book, Certain and Impossible Events, which was selected by Cheryl Strayed as the winner of the second annual Kore Press Memoir Contest and will be published in August 2020.

Stories By Candace Opper

My Unhealthy Obsession with My Dead Middle School Crush

We barely knew each other as kids, but years later I was still so fixated about his death that I got a tattoo of his name. At 30, I decided it was finally time to figure out why.