Human Parts
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Human Parts

This Is Us

In Praise of Teenagers

Yes, they’re reckless. But they need our tenderness, too.

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We were trying on our dresses for the wedding, my two future step-daughters, my daughter and I: four females squashed into our family bathroom. All of us were crying. Something was wrong with each of the outfits — shoes too tight, neckline unflattering. My bridal gown has brushed…




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Melanie Conroy-Goldman

Melanie Conroy-Goldman

Melanie Conroy-Goldman is the author of The Likely World, a novel from Red Hen Press and a Professor of Creative Writing at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

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