Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-x

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Family Feeling

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pp. 1-81

...been for a visit and it was a good one, but she needed to get back to our three dear grandchildren. (Is her having a big family a reproach to us, Garrett?) But I see I’m drawing out the suspense without meaning to. I’m seriously sick, Garrett. And I’m asking you to come see me, however...

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Mysteries

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pp. 82-97

...men standing outside and some more dark-clad people inside, and they go zipping off to the cemetery island. The memorials are stacked in rows—from a distance it looks kind of like a big wall of drawers.” “Yeah? Well. That’s interesting,” said Fran...

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The Interlude

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pp. 98-116

...sisters, Myra and Summer, had come from far away—Ohio and California. Lolly lived down below Kendall, twenty-odd miles away. Did the others think it was strange she’d moved in for this week or two, whatever it would turn out to be, sharing a bedroom with one of her sisters? If so, they didn’t...

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Double First Cousins

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pp. 117-137

...unhealthy, excitable sound. But this morning I was spared again. They’re gone, the others, Gwen and Kip and Norris; they’re all dead. No, it was not some mass tragedy: they got old, they died. I got old; I’m still here. Kip died quite suddenly, at his wife Gwen’s care center; he’d gone there to have lunch with her. I didn’t see him often in his old...

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The Stash

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pp. 138-152

...taken for her mother? “I’m sorry,” she said. She touched the woman’s shoulder lightly. “Well—have a good day.” Had she really said “Have a good day”? In the store, studying the offerings at the fish counter, she thought of the encounter with annoyance. I could have told her about my mother...

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Or I Shall Not Get Home Tonight

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pp. 153-162

...under the bed, and around the room. No watch, so I took the elevator back down and went to the booth where we’d been sitting. There were some other people in it, of course; I told them the trouble and they got up and looked around the seats and under the table, quite concerned, so nice. No watch...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 163-163

...The stories have appeared in the following publications: “Mysteries” in Antioch Review “The Interlude” in...

Series Page

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