With a broken-down oven, in a hotel kitchen, on an uninhabited island
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Esther Ehrlich is the author of the novel Nest. She dreams of leaving the crowded Bay Area and moving to the country, where she would adopt at least two rescue dogs and three goats.
I’m the one who was so desperate for a dog that I sat on the wood floor of our living room, hour after hour, week after week, and memorized the dog section of the encyclopedia.
This is what my mother, in the end, couldn’t bear: the forward rush of possibility, the hum of new life buzzing in the air as winter opens to spring. Surrounded by such sweet promise, she felt as empty as a footprint pressed in dried mud.