Posts Tagged: Fresh Air

Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?

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When my father died my mother was still alive. And I think when your second parent dies, there is that shock: “Oh man, I’m an orphan.” There’s also this relief: It’s done; it’s finished; it’s over. Because I had felt for so many years that there was this sense of going through this whole passage, this whole last part of their lives, and all the emotional and practical difficulties of that.

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The End of the World, and of Sixth Grade

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On Fresh Air, Maureen Corrigan reviews The Age of Miracles, a new novel by Karen Thompson Walker about “the slowing” of the world, told by an eleven year old girl, Julia.

“Sure, the natural world may be melting, but every bit as inexplicable and terrifying is the scene where Julia’s longtime best girlfriend turns into a popular pod person and freezes her out at recess one day.”

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