In a college dorm, in a prison, in a marriage
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Becky Mandelbaum has worked in three national-park gift stores and was once attacked by an owl. She lives in Bellingham, Washington, and is the author of a short-story collection and a novel.
I was still exploring my power to hurt others and was continually surprised by how potent a single sentence could be. I watched my mother’s face waver and then crack open.