The good-looking one, the one in need, the one that almost was
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Sarah Einstein lives in Athens, Ohio, where she is a PhD student in creative nonfiction at Ohio University. Her essay in this issue is based on a chapter of her unpublished book Mot: A Memoir, which won the 2014 AWP Creative Nonfiction Prize.
Wilbur hadn’t ended up at the shelter because he’d drunk himself there, or squandered his money, or been caught cheating on a disability claim. No, Wilbur had ended up at Bartlett House because he’d never married or had children, and kin was how a man like Wilbur made it through the final years of his life.