Front Matter

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pp. i-vi

Table of Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Preface

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pp. ix-x

...for continuing to take a chance on my more experimental work. I thank my mother, Linda Lewis, for her unwavering encouragement and support,my father Frank Lewis for his...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xii

...and “Evauation Route” in Santa Monica Review...

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1. Waiting Period

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pp. 1-18

...There were people on the far end of the street who waited for the apocalypse; nearer to Main, they were just anticipating the depletion of the ozone, revolution, or...

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2. A Diller, A Daughter

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pp. 19-37

...being the youngest, and a girl at that. That’s why it’s so bold to get this bare engraved invitation in the mail, no note, no phone call, not even a photo of the prospective groom to give us some rough idea how our grandchildren...

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3. The Marijuana Tree

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pp. 38-56

...they’d set up in the foyer. Bells and bobsleds she could stomach, and yes, even a few sly-faced elves who looked like they might be contemplating a career hike to...

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4. Astigmatic

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pp. 57-61

...nonchalance on the margin of your breathing space. That’s always the effect it had on me. When she came over to the studio to see the still lifes, I was afraid she’d fall right into them, spilling the brandy, scattering the cogs and gears, squashing...

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5. Geographic Tongue

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pp. 62-83

...he was blinking—surprised to have to do this all over again. Or at least, that’s how it looks in the video tape that my sister plays over and over when I come home to crash after my last rough landing with Peirce. I pay close attention...

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6. The Bones of Garbo

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pp. 84-115

...light. Brown strappy sandals with a spiked,wood-look heel purchased on discount from the Pump Room, where my best friend had worked up a great sales record by...

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7. All Hallow's Leaves

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pp. 116-135

...shoulders together and showed off the fine Egyptian hieroglyphic of his ribs. Other folks’ funk, just what he couldn’t stand. Just what he’d been trying to get away from. He’d grown a full three inches since the day his mother left a mysterious...

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8. Goddess Love

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pp. 136-156

...didn’t want to know anyway. I imagined: wild mint and stinkweed, box elder bugs and raccoons, a couple pairs of bikini underwear Sonia had spread out over a...

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9. Galpal's Cribnotes to Pregnancy

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pp. 157-166

...Ten little galpals, knocked up all in a row.Ten little galpals, how do your knockers grow? Beady snagged her investment banker; Agnes landed the barracuda who’d been keeping her on the line since the last recession; Allison gave up dating...

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10. Evacuation Route

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pp. 167-175

...Margie’s unsuccessful days of home brewing and stored at the back of the toolshed. Margie bragged to me about it later on. She was scarcely literate herself, though no one could find her lacking in intelligence. She just preferred to use a middle...