Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Quote

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Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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June

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pp. 3-58

One should always be wary of a pet store that is also a soft-drink outlet, but it’s a sunny morning in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts and Abbott is prepared to embrace the world. Moreover, he needs to kill another hour while his wife gets some sleep in the quiet house. On the drive from the coffee shop, he finds his sunglasses in a pouch on the passenger door, and he puts them on for the first time this season. ...

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July

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pp. 59-120

This morning Abbott is sitting on his back deck having coffee and reading the newspaper with Ted, Margot, Oliver, Vince, and Chester, who are all imaginary people. Not friends, exactly, because Abbott does not have the time or energy to maintain the friendships. Acquaintances, let’s say. ...

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August

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pp. 121-180

This morning there is quite a bit of water on the basement floor, so Abbott checks the Internet. He flushes the toilet and then scrambles downstairs to see more water spilling from what he thinks are called pipe joints. What he has, according to the Internet, is a clog. ...

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Acknowledgments

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For their material, editorial, and/or moral support, I would like to thank: my family, near and far; the persistent Lisa Bankoff; the handy Bob Bourke; the meticulous Susan Murray; the heroes at LSU Press, particularly John Easterly, Lee Sioles, and MaryKatherine Callaway; ...