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“Map-Reading” by Richard Bausch

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Jacques Brayton is a 51 year old high school teacher who has been contacted by his 22 year old half-sister Katie, asking to meet. On his way to meet her, he reflects about the only time he met her, when she was only 2 years old, and how he can't imagine her as a full grown woman. His reminiscences reveal the difficult relationships he has endured with both his father and other sister, Alice, over the years, both of whom strongly disapprove of his life choices and sexuality. This is a story of family disapproval, religious beliefs and acceptance, delicately told.


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About the Author
Richard Bausch was born in Ft. Benning, Georgia. He was educated in the public schools in and around Washington, D.C., and after two failures to maintain a standing in college, served a stint in the Air Force, after which he returned to university studies, first in Virginia and then at the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. He is the author of eleven novels and eight collections of stories, including the novels Rebel Powers, Violence, Good Evening Mr. & Mrs. America And All The Ships At Sea, In The Night Season, Hello To The Cannibals, Thanksgiving Night, and Peace; and the story collections Spirits, The Fireman’s Wife, Rare & Endangered Species, Someone To Watch Over Me, The Stories of Richard Bausch, Wives & Lovers, and the recently released Something Is Out There. His novel, The Last Good Time was made into a feature-length motion picture, directed by Bob Balaban, starring Armin Meuhler-Stahl, Maureen Stapleton, and Lionel Stander, released in April 1995, and Peace was awarded the 2010 Dayton International Literary Peace Prize.
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