Cover

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Frontmatter

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Contents

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p. vii

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Acknowledgments

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p. ix

Besides the people named at the end of the book for their generous personal communications, I am grateful to the readers who reviewed my manuscript in various drafts, giving me cogent and helpful feedback to make it better: Elaine Reisenberg; John Bowdren; Tom Corwin; Frank Jeton; the late Jim DeRose; Ron Martini; and Elizabeth Moore. ...

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PART I - Ghost Dad

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pp. 1-22

I see myself squeezing past old trunks, suitcases, cardboard boxes, and rolled- up maps to a dark mahogany wardrobe that stands at the far end of our attic under a high, lone window. I push one end of a trunk in front of the wardrobe, then pull myself on my belly up onto it. Kneeling, I stretch my hands up to small knobs on the double doors. ...

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PART II - The Search

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pp. 23-252

A few days after I get back home to Maine, my brother Henry calls in tears. “That’s the first time I’ve seen him with us,” he says of the photo I sent. “It must have been right before he was lost.” ...

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PART III - Sea Change

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pp. 253-264

At the beginning of each semester, I try to “sell” my creative writing ourse—a core requirement that students, particularly those going into accounting, computer science, and other nonwriting fields, wonder why they have to take. I tell them that imagination is the key to empathy, even compassion, and if they work their imaginations like a muscle, ...

Notes

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pp. 265-273