Chapter Sixteen

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MARY LOU STANDS IN THE BEDROOM DOORWAY OF Anne’s house. Tony stands behind her, his hand on her shoulder. Arms folded, her forehead creased by a deep frown, she gazes at the blue bundle in the middle of Anne’s bed. Only the baby’s head is visible. The head is covered with a light brown fuzz. Is this Echo’s baby? she wonders. But how could it be? His face is haughtily, disdainfully turned away from the side of the bed where she stands. I can’t believe this. Echo, hardly more than a child herself, a mother?

And not in a million years has she ever thought about being a grandmother. Her eyes narrow, her lips tighten. She straightens her shoulders and walks into the room. Slowly she eases herself onto the bed and, propping one hand on the side of the bundle, leans forward to see his face. Shaking her head in wonder, in disbelief, she puts her hand into the blanket that swaddles him tightly as a sausage. Feeling his warm body she carefully unwraps him. He opens his eyes and stares at her. He yawns and carelessly waves one tiny hand in the air.

“Well, hello there,” she says.

His eyes are navy blue and slanted at the outside corners. Like Gundren’s, she thinks. Picking him up, Mary Lou holds his head

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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
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  • Chapter Seventeen 247
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