Hitching a ride, trusting a partner, marrying the same person three times
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Ann Bauer’s first novel, A Wild Ride Up the Cupboards (Scribner), was named one of the best books of the year by the Washington Post. She teaches creative nonfiction at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and has become an avid long-distance motorcycle rider. She lives in Minneapolis.
This was before autism was in the news, before one out of every 166 babies born in America was being diagnosed with some form of it. The movie Rain Man was my only point of reference.
Sometimes I tell them my husband is dead. More often I say he’s working out of town. Or that he’s ill and in a hospital receiving treatment. None of these things is true. Or maybe one of them is. They all could be.