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The Cousins

Karen M. McManus

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“Everybody has secrets,' she says, taking a sip of her drink. 'That's nondebatable. The only question is whether you're keeping your own, or someone else's.”

“I thought you’d look how you talk.” I’m not going to rise to the bait and ask her what she means, but she keeps going without prompting. “Like a constipated gnome.”

“The loneliness of that settles over my shoulders like a heavy blanket.”

“Do you mean proactive like when you fucked my swim coach and knocked her up? Is that the kind of proactive I should be shooting for?”

“You gotta shoot your shot when it comes...Who knows if you'll get another chance?”

“Chloe likes the happy hour game because, she says, high school boys are immature. Which is true. But sometimes I think we might be better off not knowing how much worse they can get.”

“It’s a little weird, maybe, to be carting all this around, but I don’t know these people. And when I don’t know something, I study it.”

“Everybody has secrets,” she says, taking a sip of her drink. “That’s nondebatable. The only question is whether you’re keeping your own, or someone else’s.”

“It feels erratic ... But Alison knew what the problem was with her mother's heart: it was broken.”

“You have a very interesting look. Where are you from?' Ugh. That's marginally better than the What are you? question I get sometimes, but still gross. 'New York,' I say pointedly. 'You?' 'I mean originally,' he clarifies, and that's it. I'm done. 'New York,' I repeat, and stand up from my stool.”

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Book Keywords:

race, family, heart-break

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