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remnant 59: “the better he might love me for it”

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His [Mireille’s father’s] disapproval was constant and quiet and exhausting. Mona and Michel largely ignored my father’s demands but as the youngest, I took him very seriously, made myself sick with the pursuit of perfection, the better he might love me for it. I had near-perfect recall of most everything I ever saw or heard or read—I was just lucky that way. It wasn’t so difficult to become excellent. My memory drives the people in my life crazy because I remember everything, always, in exacting detail. My memory was a gift until it became a curse, until no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t forget things I desperately needed to forget so I might survive. (p. 35)

Mireille in Roxane Gay‘s An Untamed State

An Untamed State, Roxane Gay

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May 22, 2014 at 5:28 pm

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