A family recipe, a childhood memory, a Depression-era handout
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Lidia Yuknavitch, who describes herself as an introvert who passes for an extrovert, is the author of the memoir The Chronology of Water, and her debut novel, Dora: A Head Case, is due out in September. She lives with her husband and son in Milwaukie, Oregon.
I don’t identify with most other mothers — the conversations about clothes and music lessons and camps and milestones in development. The only mothers I truly feel OK around are the ones whose kids have something different about them. Something odd. Or wrong. Or worse.