Collecting bottles, tossing leftovers, taking out the garbage
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Valerie Ann Leff is the author of the novel Better Homes and Husbands (St. Martin’s Press). She lives in Asheville, North Carolina.
I can understand my mother’s revulsion. My grandmother writes of the time she left my mother and her brother in a boardinghouse for six weeks while she was in the hospital with an ectopic pregnancy. My mother was nine; her brother was five.
The man she loves might become a monk. He is up at an Ivy League divinity school studying Saint Benedict and looking forward to spending a week of his winter vacation at a monastery. She was hoping they could go to LA, but that was before he dumped her.