• Cathryn Grant

Novel Excerpt: The Good Mother

She stood and turned the wand to angle the mini blinds for more light. She leaned over the small refrigerator and peeked out through the slats. A woman was pushing a stroller around the curve of the cul-de-sac. A small boy walked beside her. They stopped at the edge of the yard next door. The woman bent down and plucked a dandelion that had gone to seed. She blew at the fluffy white weed and then held it for the boy to do the same. Seeds scattered across the ground under Amy’s rosebushes. Amy knocked on the window, rattling the blinds. Neither one looked up. She pounded her fist on the glass. They continued to the corner of the cul-de-sac and down the street. Amy backed away from the window, breathing hard as if she’d raced up the stairs. Why was her life suddenly overrun with undesirable people?


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