Smoking in the girls’ room, sneaking a drink, napping
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Madeena Spray Nolan published two novels so long ago that everyone, including her, has forgotten about them. Her darkest secret is her attendance at the 1960 Republican convention as a fanatic Kansas Youth for Nixon. She finally confessed this to her son and daughter-in-law, who have regarded her with a shade of suspicion ever since. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
I was thirteen in 1956. There was a lot going on in the world that year. Elvis Presley released his first album, the U.S. exploded the first airborne hydrogen bomb over Bikini Atoll, and the Soviets invaded Hungary to put down an anticommunist revolution. There was also something going on in my house. I was only half aware of it, but it formed a kind of constant undercurrent, like a noise that your brain has not yet registered hearing.