Many people fantasize about running away and leaving it all behind. In this short story by Gary Shteyngart, Barry runs away from his wife and their autistic son.

After taking the Greyhound to Atlanta, he hides out with his former employee, whom he’d fired years before. Jeff moved back to Atlanta to take care of his elderly parents. Barry reflects on the choices he made and the ways in which he took care of his own father.

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