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Out of Love by Hilma Wolitzer (Excerpt)

Out of Love by Hilma Wolitzer (Excerpt)

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After her parents’ divorce, Teddy realizes that love is not as easy as it looks.

In Teddy’s daydreams, the elevator is never broken and her father comes home every day. But in reality, her dad has a new home and a new wife, Shelley, who is glamorous in a way Teddy’s mother could never be. Still, Teddy holds out hope that one day her dad will come to his senses—and when she finds a shoebox full of faded love letters in the closet, she knows her mother is hoping for the same thing. In the letters, her father calls her mother “my own true love.”

If Teddy can just fix her mom up a little bit, maybe her dad will realize he loves her still. But after exercise classes, a visit from the Avon lady, and a furious campaign to get her mom to stop smoking, Teddy learns that real love is far more complex than those old letters make it seem. And though her parents love and support her, Teddy’s perceptions of her family will have to change.
After her parents’ divorce, Teddy realizes that love is not as easy as it looks.

In Teddy’s daydreams, the elevator is never broken and her father comes home every day. But in reality, her dad has a new home and a new wife, Shelley, who is glamorous in a way Teddy’s mother could never be. Still, Teddy holds out hope that one day her dad will come to his senses—and when she finds a shoebox full of faded love letters in the closet, she knows her mother is hoping for the same thing. In the letters, her father calls her mother “my own true love.”

If Teddy can just fix her mom up a little bit, maybe her dad will realize he loves her still. But after exercise classes, a visit from the Avon lady, and a furious campaign to get her mom to stop smoking, Teddy learns that real love is far more complex than those old letters make it seem. And though her parents love and support her, Teddy’s perceptions of her family will have to change.

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Out of Love
Hilma Wolitzer 
 
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IF I HAD A
penny for every time Karen-Bunny-Aurora-Elspeth looks in the mirror,I’d be rich. My mother says it’s a stage she’sgoing through, but I’m two years older thanKaren and I don’t remember going throughthat stage. In fact, I avoid mirrors whenever I can. Now and then I get caught, though,when I’m walking by one, or I have to look to comb my hair or wash my face, and thereI am. Hair-colored hair, matching eyes, anose-shaped nose. Nothing special andnothing new, except for something horriblethat pops out on my skin every month.Karen’s skin is nice, “smooth and flawless,”as they say in the cold-cream ads, but shedoesn’t get her period yet. She’s still only akid and maybe that’s why she pretends somuch. Once in a while she’s Aurora, a perfect little housewife, chattering aboutrecipes and helpful household hints.Sometimes she’s Bunny, acting as sweet and

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