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Excerpt from Parakeet

On the morning of my wedding at an early and incorrect hour that makes good people appear menacing the hairdresser says I am the calmest bride she’s ever done.

Eau de Toilette

“In the end they chose safety over design, of course” Astrid said, tapping a marble tile with her fingers. “Carrara. And the fixtures – surprise surprise – Hansgrohe.” She surveyed the contours of her face in the bathroom mirror, patted some Creme de la Mer on her neck. “How do I look?” she asked, but she didn’t really need reassurance.

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The Brooklyn Rail

JUL-AUG 2020

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