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This essay is from my newest book, Joliet In My Blood, and was also in Shadow Town. It's painful subject matter but also a tribute to a beautiful human being.

 
I knew the smallest lie would cheapen this essay, which concerns an adolescent's anxieties about sex. Although sometimes difficult to write, I am gratified when readers tell me how close "The Summer . . ."
is to their own experience. This essay appeared in Volume 7 of the online journal Toasted-Cheese and is part of my memoir, Joliet Girl.
The few moments that this brief nonfiction piece focuses on have stayed with me since I was nine. This essay appeared in Dust and Fire and is also part of my memoir, Joliet Girl.
     
       
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