A Bigamist's Daughter by Alice McDermott

By Alice McDermott

The big apple instances Bestselling writer of After This and Charming Billy

Elizabeth Connelly, editor at a brand new York vainness press, sells the dream of book (admittedly, to writers of questionable talent). tales of precise emotional intensity not often move her table. but if a tender author named Tupper Daniels walks in, bearing an unfinished novel, Elizabeth is interested in either the novelist and his story—a lyrical story a couple of guy in love with multiple girl without delay. Tupper's manuscript unlocks thoughts of her personal secretive father, who himself could have been a bigamist. As Elizabeth and Tupper look for the precise dénouement, their affair, too, techniques a so much unforeseen and poignant coda.

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She normally held a job for a couple of months or, if she was really lucky, half a year, and then a layoff came with the promise of a rehire when times got better, which they never seemed to do. Without a high school diploma she was immediately categorized as stupid. By virtue of living with Duane, she had long ago decided she deserved that label. But he was Lisa's father even if he had no intention of marrying LuAnn, not that she had pushed him on that. She was not overeager to take Duane's last name or the man-child that came with it.

There's plenty more where this came from, too, little girl. I ain't gonna be living in this craphole much longer. You best think about it. You best think real good about that. I ain't taking crap from you or anybody else anymore. ” She opened the front door. “Duane, I'll start being nice to you right now. You know how? ” Lisa started to cry at her mother's angry tones as though she thought they were directed at her. LuAnn kissed the little girl and cooed in her ear to calm her down. Duane watched LuAnn march across the muddy yard, admiring her soft behind in the tight jeans.

He already knew everything on it. LuAnn looked around the place. She had always been observant. Being the object of many males' desires, she typically studied the configuration of every place she was in, if only to determine the fastest exit. When he looked up he noted her scrutinizing the office surroundings. ” he asked. ” “Well, there's no clock anywhere, no trash can, no calendar, and no phone. Now, I ain't worked in any places where people wear neckties on the job, but even Red over at the truck stop keeps a calendar, and he's on the phone more than he's not.

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