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By Charlotte Bacon

ISBN-10: 1558491147

ISBN-13: 9781558491144

Award-winning author Charlotte Bacon illuminates the unforeseen ambiguities of women's lives in a fantastically crafted choice of tales approximately ladies who've arrived at awkward edges of their lives--adolescence, or outdated age, in poor health or pregnant. Many come to abrupt discoveries or detect startling secrets and techniques. regardless of their diversity in age and scenario, all percentage the typical target of attempting to reassemble their lives .

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Mary Ellen is from Maryland. " Frank says. " "The pipes have frozen," she tells him. Talking to Frank makes her acutely conscious of the ticking of her blood. Frank hangs diagrams of animal hearts in his office, fists of muscle wrapped in festive ribbons of veins and arteries. As if hearts were weird but special gifts. Mary Ellen drops on the sofa and pulls a cushion onto her stomach. Frank sighs. " Mary Ellen sits up straight. She feels Frank is rougher than need be with domestic pets. He prefers cows and border collies in muddy barns.

During the performance, Tybalt, a basketball player named Samantha, lunges at Romeo and hits a plywood column instead. Her sword promptly snaps in two. E. " Mary Ellen waits for Dawn at the entrance to the emergency room. " Dawn calls cheerfully from the parking lot. " "No," says Mary Ellen, just as cheerful. R. smells of cotton and hydrogen peroxide, prim and almost cozy. Mary Ellen wants to report herself to the triage Page 13 nurse. So soothing, that nursely touch, those pearly nails. What's the matter, dear?

Mary Ellen tells herself she will like this class. But they haven't finished with ABC . Keith tells them there are some exceptions to routine attempts at resuscitation: rigor mortis, decapitation, charring, and other injuries not compatible with life. Mary Ellen knows what's not compatible with life. Husbands who date fawns. Fearing New Hampshire is permanently tilted away from the sun. Fearing your life is permanently tilted away from the sun. Mary Ellen's hands drop to her lap. G, H, I . Grand mal, hostility, inertia.

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