Taken from Granta 102 ,The New Nature Writing (2008).
Peele is a prizewinning, short story writer from Boston, Massachusetts.
An overweight, diabetic taxidermist, with an ex wife who is still cutting his tail nails on his remaining foot, and doing his book keeping for the business. A community occupied by sightings of what appears to be a panther in the forest … all the elements for an interesting story with a little twist at the end.
I hadn’t heard of Lydia Peele before reading this but will be looking out for her debut novel when it appears this year.
You can read Phantom Pain here.