In a college dorm, in a prison, in a marriage
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Bonnie J. Rough’s essays have appeared in the anthologies Modern Love: 50 True and Extraordinary Tales of Desire, Deceit, and Devotion (Three Rivers Press) and The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2007 (Houghton Mifflin). She teaches at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she lives with her husband and walks around the neighborhood lake almost every day, no matter what the weather.
It began with a hiccup as one cell tried to transfer its data to another. It began long before I, your mother, was born. A gene mutation, carried invisibly by women and passed to sons, snakes through our family tree. It is a fragment of history we can trace, a tiny bundle of stories floating in our blood.