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Chapter 1. This is How It Starts

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pp. 1-14

There is a boy and there is a girl. Jane sees the girl on Tuesdays and Fridays and she sees the boy on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The other three nights she sleeps by herself in her big...

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Chapter 2. Cultivation

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pp. 16-39

One evening, Maury calls. Those public service announcements, he tells Frances, the ones about casual drug consumption supporting terrorism? Apparently they’re working. Now his customers insist their marijuana be grown domestically...

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Chapter 3. The Nigerian Princess

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pp. 40-49

To silence their noise about giving them grandchildren, I’ve let my parents believe that my best friend Ramón is my lover. They’re too old to embrace homosexuality but know better than to admit that...

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Chapter 4. I Love Bob

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pp. 50-65

Hillary’s father was Bob Barker. From the TV game show. But he didn’t know this, so at the end of her sophomore year at Coconino Community College she drove from Flagstaff to Los Angeles to tell him in person...

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Chapter 5. The Steam Room

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pp. 66-80

Helen was unhappily married to the mayor of their midsized American city. Sometimes she masturbated in the steam room of the downtown YMCA...

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Chapter 6. Juniper Beach

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pp. 81-95

Charlie works as an auto travel counselor in the Cranston, Rhode Island, branch office of the American Automobile Association. Mostly her job involves the assembly of Trip- Tiks. Charlie’s parents are newly dead...

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Chapter 7. The Qeer Zoo

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pp. 96-112

There’s no actual policy at the Queer Zoo against hiring straight people; that would be illegal. Sam is alert to rumors about the existence of other hetero employees...

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Chapter 8. Housework

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pp. 113-126

Danny and Betsy have settled on “nesting,” a system of divorce espoused by certain how-to books in which the children stay in the family home and the parents take turns vacating it. Betsy and Danny agree on practically nothing...

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Chapter 9. The Necessity of Certain Behaviors

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pp. 127-141

To escape from the hot city and the people in it, Lisa goes on an ecotourism trek in the mountains of a foreign country. To get there she endures a long airplane...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 143-144

These stories previously appeared in the following journals, sometimes in slightly different form American Literary Review (“Housework”); American Short Fiction (“The Steam Room”)...