Doug Dorst is the author of Alive in Necropolis, which was honored as San Francisco’s 2009 One City One Book selection, winner of the 2009 Emperor Norton Award, runner-up for the 2009 PEN/Hemingway, Shirley Jackson, and IAFA/Crawford Awards, a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, and one of Amazon.com’s Best Books of 2008. His story collection, The Surf Guru, will be published July 15, 2010 by Riverhead Books.
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When I worked in battered women’s shelters, the one thing the women almost without exception insisted upon was that they were good mothers – no matter how demonstrably awfully bad they were at mothering, or even if their kids had just been taken away by CPS. It was as if no woman could live knowing they were shitty moms. Therefore, to me, “And that was all Kacy needed to hear” is the perfect last sentence to this story.
Nice illustrations, too!
(I will take this opportunity to say here that I am not at all good at all this “social networking” stuff so I might be fucking up the whole Google interweb experience with replying to mails instead of the forums or whatever. My apologies.)