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.

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 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.