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Emily sings her heart out with the car radio, like she’s going to San-Fran-cis-co, arm resting out the window, hair bowing. Summer fields, red-brick towns, and the offer of a good teaching position fall away behind her. From “Marrying Gilbert” in Facing the Other Way. There are people – like…

I was coming from my first real job interview, at the Y. For my practicum I was running their weekend drop-in. It was still a pilot, but kids came by the truckload. What a great thing those Trudeau grants were—building playgrounds and starting up daycares and free schools. The job…

There is a job for a part-time baker with some lunch prep at Etheria. Emily asks about it and a guy at the steam table says to come in around five next morning. “Just follow the directions in the book,” he says when she comes in. He hands Emily the…

*** When she reaches home [Rochdale College], a guy who calls himself Mother Parker is on the elevator, selling his home-brew beer from a grocery cart. Emily pushes fourteen. “Only way is up, Emily,” he says. She raises her cupped hand in a pretend toast. (from Facing the Other Way)…