With a broken-down oven, in a hotel kitchen, on an uninhabited island
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Josh Weil is the author of the book of novellas The New Valley, which won the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction and a “5 Under 35” award from the National Book Foundation. His next novel, The Great Glass Sea, will be published in 2014. He lives with his girlfriend and her daughter in two side-by-side wood-heated cabins in Nevada City, California.
For all you women out there, as the song goes (there must be a song that goes like that), this is how it is when you leave us: We wake up at midnight in our mother’s house, in our childhood room, in our childhood bed, and we think to ourselves, What am I doing lying here while, in New York, in my apartment, in my real room, in my adult bed, my wife is leaving me? Then we think that she is probably not alone in that bed. Then we get up.