With a broken-down oven, in a hotel kitchen, on an uninhabited island
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Gary Percesepe teaches philosophy at Fordham University in the Bronx. He is the author of eight books, including his recent short-story collection Moratorium.
I counted because I had told myself that if the count was right, my mother would be spared. My father would not die. My older sister, Jeanne, would make it to high school. But only if I kept the count.