Black Sarah in Four Acts
by Nanda Dyssou
1. Look for Black Sarah
Enter Trader Joe’s in Brentwood. Yell “Sarah.” Watch four white women stare at you with brows furrowed, trying to remember where you’d met.
2. Find her and confess your feelings to Black Sarah
After she denies remembering you and asks you to stop calling her “Black Sarah,” to stop calling her, period, pretend to delete her phone number. Leave her workplace.
3. Deliver your parting note to Black Sarah
Text her: “I changed the name of the monster in my story to yours, to protect the innocent.”
4. Forget Black Sarah
Move onto Black Stephanie.
About the author
Nanda Dyssou is a Hungarian-Congolese writer, entrepreneur, and publicist living in Los Angeles. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction) from the University of California in Riverside. Her work has been published in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Locale Magazine, Nonbinary Review, and others. She is the founder of Coriolis Company, a literary publicity and marketing agency serving professors, public intellectuals, and thought leaders. Her personal website is www.nandadyssou.com and her agency’s website is www.corioliscompany.com.
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