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First Page Teaser–I’ll Love You When You’re More Like Me

1. Wallace Witherspoon, Jr. One warm night in May, in the back of the hearse, while I was whispering “I love you, I love you,” into Lauralei Rabinowitz’ soft, black hair, she said, “Stop right there, Wally! There are three reasons this can’t go on any longer!” “Three reasons?” I said. “Three reasons,” she said, sitting up, reaching into her blazer pocket for her comb. She combed her hair while she told me what they were. “One,” she said, “you’re not Jewish.” Read more…

Judy Blume on Norma Klein

“She was a consummate New Yorker, born, bred and educated in the city. Her world and the world she wrote about was often the world of the Upper West Side of Manhattan where she lived with her husband and two daughters. She was a graduate of Barnard College. I was a New Jersey girl who’d always dreamed of living across the river and she was a city girl who had trouble imagining living anywhere else. When I moved with my Read more…

First Page Teaser–Secret Lives by Berthe Amoss

My mother is sixteen in her portrait. Only four years older than I am now. Her portrait dress is painted so carefully you can see little waves in the white silk, and threads in the scooped-out lace collar. A gold heart hangs from a chain around her neck, and her curls, almost as golden as the heart, are tied back with a velvet ribbon. Her smile makes you wonder if someone she loved was standing to the left of the Read more…

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