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"Acceptance Journey"
by Mary Gaitskill

Carol left her husband in Duchess County -- and her boyfriend at a nearby motel -- for a temporary administrative assistant position at a small university town that offered housing. Her new apartment is full of mismatched furniture from a charity shop and is an annex to a beautiful Dutch Colonial owned by the university that remains empty. When winter begins to make Carol feel isolated, her attention turns to her neighbors. She begins to write strange notes addressed from The Grinch to her neighbor's young daughter, Estella, hiding them in a tree. Gaitskill's short story "Acceptance Journey" focuses on what the author calls "liminal states," where you "never know what will happen."

Fast Fridays is the latest addition to the Book Group series celebrating short reads. Join fellow members in a discussion of "Acceptance Journey" which appears online at The New Yorker, or in the December 24 & 31, 2018 issue of The New Yorker.


Fast Fridays meets on the first Friday of the month (excluding holidays). All MI members are welcome to drop in to these meetings.

Fast Fridays Book Group Meetings

Members Only; Free
4th Floor Board Room
Myles Cooper - 415-857-6721

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