Throughout the book, I’ve shared excerpts of my writing. In this appendix, I’ve culled the full versions of those works.
The Skeleton Woman(creative nonfiction)
“Tell them I am going to show them what they are.” This from my mother while dropping me off at primary school.
She’d agreed to come to Parent Show and Tell Day but we had to report to the teacher what our visiting parent would be talking about. I leaned forward to hug her and she kissed me on the forehead. I always looked up at her, reluctant to go.
“Go on now,” she’d say after a moment.
But once I was out of the car I’d always turn around and wave, as if the hug and the kiss hadn’t been enough. She would smile a warm, slow smile and then shoo me on with a ...