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Stories We Love: "The Caretaker," by Anthony Doerr

“For his first thirty-five years, Joseph Saleeby’s mother makes his bed and each of his meals; each morning she makes him read a column of the English dictionary, selected at random, before he is allowed to set foot outside.” Year thirty-five of Joseph’s life is a landmark because his mother disappears on her way to market—their country, Liberia, has been at war for five years—and never returns. After this, of course, she stops making his bed and his meals. Anthony Doerr is given to what we might call the extended-play short story: instead of hours or days, years go by. “The […]



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