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By Alix Kates Shulman

A good, unflinching mirrored image at the that means of relatives, from the writer of the bestselling novel Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen

Alix Kates Shulman wasn’t expecting supporting her getting older mom and dad fresh out their apartment and get ready for the ultimate years in their lives. She had fled suburban Cleveland at age twenty to carve out her personal lifestyles in long island urban. yet as she all started dismantling their condominium of 40 years, the duty advanced right into a necessary studying event she could by no means forget.

Shulman discovers the lives of 2 colourful, brilliant humans from whom she remained far away whereas pursuing a literary occupation. She unearths herself grappling with remorse and looking redemption within the look for what it capability to be an exceptional daughter. With heat and perception, Shulman sheds gentle on a posh, painful occasion that many adults finally face—the ultimate journey home.

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Indd 38 2/7/14 3:00 PM Home Sweet Anywhere 39 photographers, sculptors, jewelers, and antiques and textile dealers. We gravitated there often because of a charming restaurant and because Merry, our friend famous for her bullwhips and large canvases, and another friend, sculptress/painter Mary Rapp, maintain studios there. Mary Rapp lives on the property in a gracious apartment of heroically proportioned rooms full of art, light, and international style. “I love my commute,” she said one day as she dug her thumbs deep into a lump of clay.

Indd 45 2/7/14 3:00 PM 46 Lynne Martin with pursed lips, I jumped back. I dodged her advances until I recognized the ritual and then started returning her greeting. We noticed that as people arrived for work in stores, banks, or even the subway, kisses flew around. Everyone got two smacks, just as they do in many European countries. We eventually caught on. It tickled me to see Tim kissing other men’s cheeks, something American men would never be caught dead doing to each other. I was proud of Tim and his confidence in adopting this tradition.

I steadied my camera and held my breath as that little beast hurtled himself toward my husband. The bull suddenly looked a lot bigger to me. I wanted to scream for Tim to run like hell, but I gritted my teeth and clicked instead. As the bull passed him, Señor Tim rose on his toes, arched his back gracefully, and lifted the cape. He was gorgeous—­and I got the shot! Husband and marriage saved. We left the owners and their performers to their negotiations and strolled back up the cobblestoned walkway to the restaurant.

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