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The Palace Papers

They chose Valentine’s Day 2005 as the date to release the engagement news and Camilla’s new title of HRH The Duchess of Cornwall bestowed by the Queen.

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22 Seconds

Cindy Thomas was working at the dining table she’d bought at a tag sale down the block.

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Idol

Samantha watched the girls as they filed into the event hall, tilting their heads back to stare at the ornate vaulted ceiling with its oversized chandeliers dripping silver and blue crystals.

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No Less the Devil

Malcolm ran. One hand curled against his chest, the wrist swollen and aching, the fingers numb and almost black in the sickly yellow streetlight.

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Book Lovers

When books are your life – or in my case, your job – you get pretty good at guessing where a story is going.

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French Braid

This happened back in March of 2010, when the Philadelphia train station still had the kind of information board that clickety-clacked as the various gate assignments rolled up.

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Death of the Black Widow

Could a building sweat? If someone were to ask him, Walter O’Brien would say no.

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Lessons in Chemistry

The thirty-year-old mother of Madeline Zott rose before dawn every morning and felt certain of just one thing: her life was over.

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Harbouring

Word came to me at the foundry.

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So Far, For Now

How this new condition changes language, not we or us or ours but I and me and mine, mine alone the hollow hours.

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Grand

On the crest of Hopetoun Bridge, I stop and take a selfie.

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Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before?

I’m sitting in my therapy room across from a young woman.

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The Match

At the age of somewhere between forty and forty-two — he didn’t know exactly how old he was — Wilde finally found his father.

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Everyone in my Family has Killed Someone

Everyone in my family has killed someone. Some of us, the high achievers, have killed more than once.

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Breathless

In a cramped hotel room high above the prayer-flag-strewn streets of Thamel, the main tourist district of Kathmandu, Nepal, Cecily snapped her laptop shut.

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Run Rose Run

AnnieLee had been standing on the side of the road for an hour, thumbing a ride, when the rain started falling in earnest.

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Letters to You

To read when you are feeling anxious.

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The Fish

The slow gulps of my sister’s Fish turn our thoughts back to the sea.

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