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Who Is Vera Kelly? by Rosalie Knecht

Who Is Vera Kelly? by Rosalie Knecht

Author:Rosalie Knecht
Language: eng
Format: epub
Publisher: Tin House Books
Published: 2018-05-25T04:00:00+00:00


JUNE 1959

THE BARRINGTON SCHOOL, MIDDLETOWN, DELAWARE / NEW YORK, NEW YORK

My mother sent me a letter the month before graduation, explaining that she had received an invitation to commencement from the school, but because it was so painful for her to see the mess I had made of my life, she would be in the Virgin Islands instead. I spent an afternoon sunbathing on a weedy Chesapeake beach rather than attend the ceremony, which was thronged with the disappointed parents of the delinquent senior class.

Afterward, at a loss for anything else to do, I went up to New York on the train with a cardboard suitcase and my best friend from the dorm, a girl named Cathy who wanted to be an actress. We moved into a boardinghouse and found jobs as waitresses in a cocktail bar with pretensions on the west side. I couldn’t stand the job for long. After a few months I left for work as a typist with Consolidated Edison, which was so boring that once, around two o’clock in the afternoon, I suffered a hallucination in which the periods and commas on the notice in my typewriter began to pulsate gently on the page. A few weeks later I went out for lunch and never came back.



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