Chapter Eight

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IT CAME LATE. IT CAME AFTER A CHRISTMAS THAT Mary Lou wouldn’t let herself notice. Closing herself off from the garlands and trees and Christmas carols and bells and shoppers, she kept her head down and worked sixty hours a week at the Dairy Queen. She cleaned out closets and rotated the tires on the pickup. She paid off her bills and got her telephone reconnected. And somehow she got through a Christmas without Echo. Then it came. Mary Lou had known it would come. Aunt Labelle had said she’d hear. And she’d felt it in her heart. She reads the card again:

Dear Mama,

I miss you. I have a friend named Jamie. He is just like
Daddy about the road. He likes being on it. Take good care
of Sugar
.

Echo

On the front of the card two lambs frolic in a meadow strewn with wildflowers. It is postmarked Geraldine, Montana, January

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  • Title Page iii
  • Acknowledgments vii
  • Chapter One 1
  • Chapter Two 30
  • Chapter Three 45
  • Chapter Four 70
  • Chapter Five 81
  • Chapter Six 101
  • Chapter Seven 115
  • Chapter Eight 135
  • Chapter Nine 149
  • Chapter Ten 159
  • Chapter Eleven 168
  • Chapter Twelve 182
  • Chapter Thirteen 194
  • Chapter Fourteen 207
  • Chapter Fifteen 214
  • Chapter Sixteen 223
  • Chapter Seventeen 247
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