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Blurbs, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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Chapter 1

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pp. 1-47

Here’s the idea of them, a faint picture of three figures, emerging from a door in single file. Their bodies slant forward a bit, so perfectly parallel to one another that they must form a family. The one in the lead, maybe inspiring the slant, is a young man, skinny, cartoonish, his head like a pink bead at the end...

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Chapter 2

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pp. 48-95

What’s his name? Is he in the kitchen? Is he?
Yes, that’s where he is.
But I don’t want him coming all the way in yet.
You look fine. Try to sit up a little. Shall we just march out to the kitchen to meet him, and if not, could I prop you up?
Virge nods no, meaning only that he feels distracted by a presence, something, two presences, advancing...

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Chapter 3

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pp. 96-160

Meanwhile there is home. Virge seldom leaves the property, and maybe never can for good, but imagines he will. So what of sunshine, exercise, sociability? All these come recommended, so Stuart persuades Virge to get out. To go to a movie.
They end up taking Flanig’s car, the Bellevue, which Stuart can...

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Chapter 4

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pp. 161-208

Wishing you were here, I guess. Because you’re more of a man now? And how I pray you could come to me soon. You know I could use a helping hand. I don’t mean I’ve got chores for you. I mean a partnership. Please work on your speaking skills so that when you go door to door, like I do, you’ll know what to say to people. I suppose you’ve...

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Chapter 5

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pp. 209-238

Virge wakes up this time saying something out loud. He’s in the tub first thing in the morning, while it’s still mostly dark out, and stays there in a state of sculpted but awkwardly bent nudity, wondering if there is some possibility that this is the last time he will ever wake up in his own house, and clings to the...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 239-239

The author would like to gratefully acknowledge the help of all those who provided motivation and inspiration during the writing of this novel, including Katharine Haake, Mona Houghton, Annette Leddy, Terry Myers, and Hilary Roberts. Also, thanks are due to the Millay Colony, the Ragdale Foundation, and the MacDowell Colony for their gifts of time, community, and space. Lastly, thanks go to Mary Bellino, for...

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Juniper Prize for Fiction

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pp. 240-241

This volume is the ninth recipient of the Juniper Prize for Fiction, established in 2004 by the University of Massachusetts Press in collaboration with the UMass Amherst MFA Program for Poets and Writers, to be presented annually for an outstanding work of...

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