A family recipe, a childhood memory, a Depression-era handout
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Brock Clarke teaches at Bowdoin College and is the author of six books of fiction, most recently the novel The Happiest People in the World. He and his family live downwind of a baked-bean factory in Portland, Maine.
And even after all that, even after everything I’d said to him earlier, he still came to say good night before he went to bed, the way he had when he was a little boy.