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By Amanda Eyre Ward

From San Francisco to Savannah, Montana to Texas, Amanda Eyre Ward’s characters are united of their fervent seek to discover a spot the place they really belong. Annie, a librarian in a small mining city, needs to make a choice from the one domestic she’s ever identified and the potential of a brand new destiny. Casey, a suburban New Yorker with a wry humorousness, braves the courting scene after wasting her husband. And in six associated tales spanning a decade of her existence, Lola Wilkerson navigates elopement, motherhood, and lingering questions about who she desires to be whilst she grows up. even if exploring the fierceness of a mother’s love or the consolations of marriage, Amanda Eyre Ward’s tales are imbued with humor, clear-eyed perception, and emotional richness.

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I drank a warm glass of milk and watched dirty children rip open bags of Pop-Tarts and jam them into their mouths. The next day, I discovered an advertisement for Cipro on the back page of the Austin Chronicle. There it was, sandwiched between a massage therapist and a Spanish tutor: cipro available 1-800-CIPRONOW. ) Ceramic City was empty again, and I picked up the phone. When I got home that evening, my husband was making linguine with clams. There was an open bottle of wine on the table, and two wineglasses.

So do I,” said my mother. ” “I know,” I said. ” “I know,” I said. • • • My husband had still not returned from the lab by the time I finished the wine and went to sleep. ” I do not remember my husband coming home: his long back, his thin eyelids, his mind full of numbers, his bottom, warm against my stomach. By the time I woke, he was out of bed again, and I was alone. I found him, freshly showered, in the kitchen. The morning paper was still rolled up, bound by a rubber band. I went to the coffeepot and filled a china cup.

I looked back at Greg, who shrugged. He was wearing a light blue shirt I had sewn for him—it was the color of his eyes. He had a fresh haircut, and looked weary but optimistic. My brother, Adam, a devotee of HGTV, would have loved the house on Treasure Cove. It was solid brick—so unlike the house we had grown up in, which shook during Georgia thunderstorms—and had a media room with a wet bar and a giant deck for entertaining. I was feeling woozy and dreamy. In a stranger's bathroom, I changed my Maxi Pad.

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