I’m super pleased by this. Friends who’ve read this story seem to remember it, and often ask me about it. One person who read an early draft—definitely not a friend—even did a shoddy job of ripping off some particularly unique imagery from a moment in the story that she said she’d found striking and memorable. (Flattering, but not cool. Please don’t do this, writers. You have your own striking and unique imagery and stories inside you; look there and you will find them. I have faith in you.)
Anyway! I owe a huge debt of gratitude to a lot people who, when I might have given up on this one, encouraged me to keep working and revise it again. Thank you, you know who you are.