This collection is dedicated to the memory of the author’s father—Dr. Harry A. Guess, Jr.—and the stories’ titles come from the index of The Science of the Placebo, a textbook co-edited by Carol’s father. Carol Guess talks more about the book here.
Here is a sample of the brilliant, cutting prose you’ll find find inside:
bright light therapy
We met on a wind farm. It was windy. Hair covered our mouths so we couldn’t kiss. Nicknames clicked against our teeth. Glass towers and taxis littered the distance.
You loved white blades, knives knitting the sky. I loved bare knees, your spindrift skirt. When you went back to fossil fuel, I wept. My tears blew west: spendthrift, bereft.
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