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La Mer

When they finally arrive at the swimming competition, the daughter’s hands are melting and the mother’s eyes are burning. The pool is too large, at least 100m in length, and is a sea filled with legs and arms and branches ...

Left Out

Bebe Cohen was ushered out of the screen door, held open by her mother, and climbed down two high steps to the backyard using her hands for balance. “Go play,” her mother’s face was a wilted jack-o-lantern, drawn inward since early ...

Novelty Fades

1978 When Elise couldn't sleep, she carefully manipulated her grandmother's floorboards, keeping in mind which one creaked the most as if she were traversing a minefield. She threw a winter coat over her nightgown and went walking under the sky of ...

The Interview

Valerie Pollak climbed up San Francisco City Hall’s broad steps to the Supervisors’ Chambers. Down below her, the guards and clerks were working at their desks. She had passed by Morrie, who had inspected her briefcase and her bag, pretty ...

The Housewife’s Huffing Club

Here’s what you do: Step one. On your weekly trip to the grocery store, purchase a nice big bottle of Reddi-Whip, or similar. Do not make special, midweek grocery store runs, as hubby may become suspicious when he sees credit card ...