Palo Alto Weekly

Cover Story - March 1, 2013

The trials that define us

Winning authors edify readers with life's prying questions

What defines who we are? Is it the actions we make under the duress of a frightening, unfamiliar situation? Is it how we challenge society's sometimes flawed conventions? Or is it our ability to bounce back from tragedy and loss to enjoy the beautiful things in life once again? Through the often painful trials of its characters, the winning stories of the Palo Alto Weekly's 27th Annual Short Story Contest offer insight into the deeper questions we've all asked of ourselves.

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