English professor Lisa Lebduska’s short story about a couple’s discovery of a mouse in their home was published this month in the literary magazine Animal.
Each month, editors of the online publication select one story, one poem and one essay to share on the site, which explores the boundaries between humans and animals. Lebduska’s piece, titled “Mercy Mouse,” was their November story pick.
In the story, Lebduska’s character Millie Gigio discovers that the chilly autumn weather has forced mice into her home, and she and her husband respond accordingly, browsing and buying “execution devices” at Home Depot. But how Millie feels about the situation turns out to be not so simple.