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By Charlotte Bacon

Award-winning author Charlotte Bacon illuminates the unforeseen ambiguities of women's lives in a fantastically crafted selection of tales approximately girls who've arrived at awkward edges of their lives--adolescence, or previous age, ailing or pregnant. Many come to abrupt discoveries or locate startling secrets and techniques. regardless of their diversity in age and state of affairs, all percentage the typical aim of attempting to reassemble their lives .

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Dawn's battery has failed in the cold night and Mary Ellen offers to give her a lift. She can put her Bette Davis plan into action, but feels no excitement at this idea; all she thinks is that she'll have to ask Dawn to help her with the box. They are still wearing their nametags, but Mary Ellen doesn't bother to tear hers off. Since Maria died, Mary Ellen has felt more like Murray than Mary Ellen. Having an alternate name to slip into has proved useful. It has made certain things possible. Frank once admitted he had a totem name for himself when he hunted.

Great car," says Dawn. She yawns and shivers at the same time. It is past midnight and windy. Mary Ellen tells her there's something she has to pick up at the house before she can drop Dawn off. Dawn nods. " Mary Ellen agrees. "No," she says, "that's just a nickname. " A third self slips in to join Mary Ellen and Murray. Sven is getting full. "Juliet," says Dawn. "That's pretty. " Dawn asks her about her family and they tell each other who was oldest and how things were. It's remarkable how comfortable it is.

She had known that. She could even spell Abiquiu. " and swept the books on the sofa in the study to the floor. Stephen was over every night. Julia was starting to adapt to mute breakfasts of kasha with goat's milk. Hannah was working, so Julia tried to occupy herself in the Page 24 backyard. But the stiff tangles of sagebrush didn't need a lot of ministration. Julia was used to delicate nets of roots, but plants out here were more like weapons than ornaments. She ventured into Flagstaff instead, where she could sharpen her spurs or buy a crystal to purge grief.

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