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384 pages, Hardcover
First published May 5, 2007
There's a pain in the upper right quadrant of my head, jangling, radiating into my right jawbone and pressing on my molars, and a misplaced smell of disinfectant rises from the seat backs.
But then it's all right, because we're alone and naked on the bed with its flannel sheets. My sense of smell roars in my head and when Keller pushes -- slowly, insistently -- inside of me, it's as if we are sinking together two inches beneath the water, bobbing. The feelings are so different from what I experienced with Charlie, it's as if my own body is changing: I breathe water and grow gills. My hands and feet are distended, my toes curl, my lips and nipples turn orange, my eyes are webbed, golden scales spring up and shimmer over my body.