In memory of my cousin Gil. And for his sisters and brothers, Alice, Marlys, Chuck and Joe. And for my brother Brian. And for book groups, the two I am a member of and the thousands of others who sustain the continued life of books.
The Websters Collegiate Dictionary that Miss Borgen and the fourth grade had given me at my farewell party fell open in my lap.
But the truth is that she plodded through the drifts of snow, pressing towards the door of a golden-warm cabin where Hilly, Baby Marjorie, Uncle Stanley, and a girl with big teeth waited.