“The Mourning Door” by Elizabeth Graver

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Tom and his wife are having extreme difficulty getting pregnant, and they have tried everything. Tom’s sperm have been tested, and his wife has had every test. She has also taken every pill and supplement available. Her days home alone with only the men working on their house are lonely. Tom is away at work, and she has hours to reflect on her barren womb. She is completely unbothered when she begins to find the small body parts of a baby boy around the house. In fact, she collects them in a burlap sack. If she can just find enough, she and Tom will have their baby.

The Mourning Door

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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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