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House Arrest This page intentionally left blank. House Arrest • a novel Ellen Meeropol Red Hen Press | Pasadena, CA House Arrest Copyright © 2011 by Ellen Meeropol All rights reserved No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without the prior written permission of both the publisher and the copyright owner. Book layout by Kathrine Davidson Book design by Mark E. Cull ISBN: 978-1-59709-442-9 (eBook) ISBN: 978-1-59709-454-2 (hardcover) ISBN: 978-1-59709-499-3 (tradepaper) Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Meeropol, Ellen. House Arrest : a novel / Ellen Meeropol.—1st ed. p. cm. ISBN 978-1-59709-499-3 (tradepaper) 1. Nurses—Fiction. 2. Pregnant women—Fiction. 3. Home detention—Fiction. 4. Cult members—Fiction. 5. Domestic fiction. I. Title. PS3613.E375H68 2011 813’.6—dc22 2010040787 The Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council and Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs partially support Red Hen Press. First Edition Published by Red Hen Press Acknow ledgements The women in my manuscript group read these chapters more than once, with patience and insight. My deep appreciation to Lydia Kann, Kris Holloway, Jacqueline Sheehan, Rita Marks, Marianne Banks, Dori Ostermiller, and Brenda Marsian. I am grateful for the support, friendship, and mentorship I received from the Stonecoast MFA community. Thank you Lee Hope, A. Manette Ansay, Michael C. White, Alan Davis, Lesléa Newman, Ann Hood, Meriah Crawford, David Page, and especially the Vanettes: Sarah Stromeyer, Ginnie Gavrin, Sharon Doucet, and Perky Alsop. Thank you to those who generously shared their expertise and knowledge with me— Amy Romanczuk, Liz and Jim Goldman, Jane Bobowicz, Juanita Martínez, Jane Frey, Ruth and Sam Small, Rabbi Amita Jarmon, Rhoda Boughton, Hermine Levey Weston, Susan Galvin, Frances Goldin, Joan Grenier, Jon Weissman, and Bill Newman. Many thanks also to publicist Mary Bisbee-Beek, agent Roger S. Williams, and to Kate Gale and all the staff at Red Hen Press. This book owes a great debt to my former patients at Shriners Hospital and their families, who taught me about spina bifida, about latex allergy, and about perseverance. My daughters graciously invited these characters into our family, allowing them to monopolize many visits and conversations. Thank you, Jenn and Rachel. Finally and always, thank you, Robby. For everything. This page intentionally left blank. For Robby, life partner in everything This page intentionally left blank. House Arrest This page intentionally left blank. ...


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