River of Names by Dorothy Allison | All the Way in Flagstaff, Arizona by Richard Bausch
* In River of Names, the narrator and her lover Jesse trade stories about their families.
* The narrator's family is filled with murderers and the murdered, rapists and the raped, horrible perpetrators and broken victims.
* Jesse's family is calm and normal, and she is amazed by the stories the narrator tells.
* At the end of the story, the narrator admits to her lover she lies about things.
* In the story All the Way in Flagstaff, Arizona, the father, who has been struggling with alcoholism, remembers a picnic when his children were young.
* On that picnic, he chased them around and terrified them, but he thought they were having fun.
* Finally his wife leaves him, and he finds himself at a church in Arizona but does not know how he got there.
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