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The Doctor’s Daughter

Posted on May 16, 2006 in Fiction

by Hilma Wolitzer Ballantine Books, 2006 Why did I love The Doctor’s Daughter by Hilma Wolitzer? Let me count the ways. One — the protagonist, Ann Brill, is a writer. Like all too many fine writers, she didn’t make the “big time” as (a few) of her fellow MFA students did. Nor does her husband Ev, whom she met when they were fellow students in that program....

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Posted on May 8, 2006 in In My Words

Between her kitchen and the front room she leans against the doorframe wearily, watching her son build a tower of blocks. He sits on the varnished wood floor, legs bent at the knees like folded wings. Before him, a small triumph — two blocks, alphabet letters long faded, stacked one atop the other. He hovers a chipped E above the tiny stack, then releases...

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