Collecting bottles, tossing leftovers, taking out the garbage
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Andre Dubus III is the author of seven books, including the novel The House of Sand and Fog, the memoir Townie, and his most recent novel, Gone So Long. He teaches at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He lives in Newbury, Massachusetts, where he built his family’s home and where squirrels now nest in the walls behind his bed.
What happened next I shoveled into that dark ditch of my psyche, and then I covered it with heavy stones, and it wasn’t until more than twelve years had passed that I remembered what I’d made myself forget.