We are in the home stretch of round six of our Three-Minute Fiction contest. Judge Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche is reviewing the best of the entries. And while she does, we're bringing you weekly excerpts of some of our favorite stories so far. This week's passages are from two stories. First, "The Tiger Lady," by Jimmy Boyer of St. Simons Island, Ga., and "El Lloron," by Yovani Flores of Phoenix. The excerpts are read by NPR's Weekend Edition host Liane Hansen, and NPR's Felix Contreras.
Papi's childhood tales about growing up poor in Puerto Rico were in constant question. As one of eighteen siblings, Papi said they all started out sleeping in a bedroom drawer. Once they outgrew a drawer, they'd eventually make their way to a bed, which was already shared by at least two other children. The oldest then graduated to a space on the floor. Papi's father made it very clear that Cano, the youngest, was his favorite, by buying him candy as the other children watched.
Moammar Gadhafi's stronghold of Tripoli is increasingly isolated with opposition forces in control just 30 miles away. Host Guy Raz has the latest news about the uprising in Libya and a conversation with a Libyan-American poet.
Radio Free Tobruk's motto is Freedom or Death. Until two weeks ago, it was a mouthpiece of the Gadhafi regime. After their own station was burnt down, the staff regrouped, rescued most of their equipment and now broadcast round-the-clock calls for freedom. It's become a focal point of the revolution in the eastern city.