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“Never, Ever, Always” by Janet Desaulniers

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Nora's husband tells her she has bad characteristics, possibly caused by her childhood growing up in the homogenous Kansas City, attending a Catholic school and brought up by a widow as an only child. Nora finds him more interesting than her, an adventurer. It is only when he commits a transgression, combined with her own throat surgery, that she finally, ironically, finds her own voice.

Never, Ever, Always

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About the Author
Janet Desaulniers’ fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, TriQuarterly, The North American Review, and Ploughshares, among other publications, and has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, an Emerging Fiction Writer of Illinois award, four fellowships and three finalist awards from the Illinois Arts Council, along with prizes from Glimmer Train and Ploughshares magazines, citation among the 100 Distinguished Stories of the year by the Best American Short Stories, and inclusion in the Pushcart Prize anthology. Her collection of stories, What You’ve Been Missing, won the 2004 John Simmons Award. She has taught writing for over 30 years: to prisoners, the elderly, literary and literacy groups, to Chicago schoolchildren and teachers, and to graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Missouri, Northwestern University, and Carthage College. She’s currently a Professor in the Writing program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she was the inaugural chair, and at work on a multi-volume sequence of prose miniature and image called The Between.
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