With a broken-down oven, in a hotel kitchen, on an uninhabited island
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L.K. Gornick’s second novel, Tinderbox, is due out in September, and a story collection, Louisa Meets Bear, will be published in the spring of 2014. She lives in New York City, where she serves holiday meals on her mother-in-law’s strawberry-pattern Wedgwood china.
Before I fell in love with my husband, I fell in love with his mother’s china. It was a frigid February night, my second date with my husband-to-be, who’d asked me to a concert in New York City, an hour’s drive from Princeton, where I was a seventeen-year-old freshwoman (as we called it in those days) and he was a sophomore.