With a broken-down oven, in a hotel kitchen, on an uninhabited island
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Louise A. Blum is the author of the novel Amnesty and the memoir You’re Not from around Here, Are You? In the past few years, she was awarded a MacDowell Fellowship, got arrested twice at anti-fracking protests, and quit her teaching job to write full-time. She lives in Corning, New York.
It begins like this: You drop your son off at kindergarten. His first day of school. You think that nothing in your life will be as big as this: the moment he drops your hand, he who has clung to you since birth, since that first breath of air, first scream, first frantic rooting for the breast.