Academic journal article TriQuarterly

Autobiographical

Academic journal article TriQuarterly

Autobiographical

Article excerpt

The minute my brother gets out of jail I want some answers: when our mother murdered our father did she find out first, did he tell her--the pistol's tip parting his temple's fine hairs--did he tell her where our sister (the youngest, Alice) hid the money Grandma (mother's side) stole from her Golden Age Group? It was a lot of money but Enough to die for? was what Mom said she asked him, giving him a choice. I'll see you in Hell, she said Dad said and then she said--this is in the trial transcript: "Not any time soon needledick!" We know Alice hid the money--she was arrested

a week later in Tacoma for armed robbery, which she would not have done if she had it--Alice was (she died of a heroin overdose six hours after making bail) syphilitic, stupid, and rude but not greedy. So she hid the money, or Grandma did but since her stroke can't say a word, doesn't seem to know anybody. …

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