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Their mother showed them how to use the car radio. It was February and she left the key in the engine so that if they got too cold they could turn on the ignition. But don’t play music too long or else the battery’ll die, she warned. Usually, Jack waited until she went into the bar and then backed...
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“Escapes,” by Joy Williams, is a story I return to again and again, obsessively, beseechingly. Whenever I read it I am as desperate as the girl-child narrator who is both preoccupied and embarrassed by her “uncomprehending love” of her drunk, single mother. Each time I enter this terrifying little...
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