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so arousing that her lime green miniskirt worked like a fisherman’s lure. On Thanksgiving Rachel decided not to defrost the turkey she’d purchased with S&H green stamps. Instead, she served juicy oversized cheeseburgers on rye bread with pickles, sage stuffing, and cherry pie. Even Andrea loved the meal. Rachel bought her daughters Beatle albums and school clothes for Christmas. She gave Harry toggle switches, levers, and other hardware for Answer Box controls. His smile served as her personal Christmas star. The winter’s snowfalls felt gentle, mere cake frostings. When George was paroled in late February, he headed to Las Vegas with the new waitress at the ski lodge. Hope of child support checks vaporized once he crossed the state line, but Rachel had known not to lean on that particular hope. In spring forsythia mingled with tulips, daffodils, and lilacs, creating a crazy quilt of new life, and Rachel took all her heart could hold. She hadn’t missed a day of work since November, and she was top sales person at the radio station again. Her liquor bill decreased. She used the money to buy herself a new outfit. In May she invited the few theater friends who hadn’t abandoned her, along with some coworkers and neighbors, to


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