The Wedding Visitor

Elizabeth Spencer

In honor of Elizabeth Spencer’s addition to the Library of America, we’re featuring her short story “The Wedding Visitor”from Issue 98 in its entirety—which, coincidentally, is the final story featured in her new Library of America volume.

ZYZZYVA Volume 29, #2, Fall 2013
It seemed a good thing to do and because he hadn’t come there in so long, he went slowly. Approaching the house from the road before it spiraled up the drive, he sat for a while and gave it a long look. Like many Southern houses, the original structure was almost lost among the many extensions. There was the added side porch where everyone lived out each day, enjoying sun through the enveloping series of windows. He recalled another, earlier porch out back, screened in, added to escape the hot summer nights. They had slept under mosquito nets and hoped
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