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385 pages, Hardcover
First published February 1, 2022
‘But the fact was, when you lived a life, under any name, that life became entwined with others’. You left a trail of potential consequences. You were never just you, and you owed it to the people you cared about to remember that.’
‘But just when she’d thought that her world was expanding beyond the suffocation of adolescence and into a new environment, she found that the boxes into which she was expected to fit—whether for race, sexual orientation, or politics—seemed to be making her world narrower.’
Covey and Gibbs, holding hands down by the breakers. Covey and Gibbs, kissing in the hollow of a sea cave. Covey and Gibbs, clinging and probing and whispering promises.
Benny talks. She tells Byron about being bullied in college. She tells him about Steve. [...] They argued. Benny yelled. Steve hit her. Said he was sorry, begged her not to leave.