“Between” by Elizabeth Graver

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Annie no longer follows the philosophy: Two is company. Three’s a crowd. Why can’t she have her boyfriend and her gay best friend? Everything started so great with Paolo and Tim; they got along. Tim had no problem sharing his girlfriend with another man. Paolo wasn’t after Annie, and they all three had fun together. Fun only lasts so long. Tim wanted to get serious in their relationship, and he didn’t think that could happen with Paolo constantly in the middle of things. In fact, Annie couldn’t go a day without seeing or speaking about Paolo. Tim wanted to travel and try new things; Annie wanted to stay safe and sound in her apartment with Paolo. That’s why things have to end.


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About the Author
Elizabeth Graver’s fourth novel, The End of the Point, was long-listed for the 2013 National Book Award in Fiction and selected as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Her other novels are Awake, The Honey Thief, and Unravelling. Her story collection, Have You Seen Me?, won the 1991 Drue Heinz Literature Prize. Her work has been anthologized in Best American Short Stories (1991, 2001); Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards (1994, 1996, 2001), The Pushcart Prize Anthology (2001), and Best American Essays (1998). She teaches at Boston College and is at work on a new project that draws on the Sephardic Jewish history of her family.
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