A fifth-grade bully, a blossoming romance, a late-night crash
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Marshall Boswell teaches fiction writing and American literature at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. He is the author of John Updike’s Rabbit Tetralogy: Mastered Irony in Motion (University of Missouri Press) and has a story collection, In Between Things, forthcoming from Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill.
In the summer of 1979, I fell ruinously in love with a coltish, athletically robust Greek girl of fifteen named Nicole Liarkos . When I think of her now (which isn’t very often), I always imagine her poolside, her creamy caramel skin twice bisected by the triple triangles of her buttercup yellow bikini, her left arm blocking the sun from her eyes.