The Unraveling of Mr. White

When eighth grade came around, we were relieved at first to find that our new English teacher was more interested in grammar drills than in having us read or write masterpieces. He followed the textbook methodically: no odd seating arrangements, no sarcastic comments on papers, no confusing assignments. We learned on the very first day … Continue reading The Unraveling of Mr. White

Excerpt from “The Lowell that Came Later” from She Lived, and the Other Girls Died

West Elementary School was my fourth school in five years. Andover, with its brick-fronted shops and colonial homes, perched on a pedestal between Lawrence and Lowell, two cities lined with boarded-up textile mills on the Merrimack. My best friends in Andover had vacation homes on islands on lakes in Maine and New Hampshire; they lived … Continue reading Excerpt from “The Lowell that Came Later” from She Lived, and the Other Girls Died