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Casual Day at the Crazy House

By Helen W. Mallon   

Sarah’s pumped about her upcoming graduation from a Quaker high school, but there’s a hitch. Her father moved into the bathroom several months ago, sleeping in the tub, eating meals, and running his business from his tiled sanctuary. Sarah’s grandma finds a shrink named Dr. Krishnamurthy who makes house calls, but Sarah’s managed to insult […]

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You Say You Want a Revolution

By Helen W. Mallon   

Like all revolutions, the sexual revolution had casualties. Sarah, a motherless teenager of the early ‘70s, celebrates her “liberation” in a self-destructive way, unwilling to admit she’s being used. At Sarah’s own moment of greatest danger, she tries to rescue someone else—and discovers her latent power.

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Did You Put the Cat to Bed

By Helen W. Mallon   

So Izzy got knocked up. Not by one of the art school bad boys, but by white-bread Harris, her neighbor. Her churchgoing pillar of a dad reminded Izzy that she “can do anything she puts her mind to,” the moral heft of this single option given momentum by her father’s imminent death from cancer.

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