NAKED MAN/Willa Rabinovitch WE ARE NOTHING ALIKE. If my mother had had a coffee-colored child would look more like her than I do. Now, of course, she has the baby with nappy hair after she went off with Clay Dixon, that sagging cheeks, the giving-way at the jaw line. At the airport, any of the old women getting off the plane could have convinced me they were her. Though when she herself came out, I knew her at once. She was dressed in slim black pedal pushers and a little black sweater, as though the Beats were still in their ascendancy. She wore no makeup; just like my sister, Amy. Seeing the resemblance drew the anger up out Luckily she has a place to stay. For a woman who has been gone thirty years, my mother knows a lot of people in the Bay Area. She is Clay Dixon's widow; they all want to do her favors. I dropped her off at a house in Pacific Heights and watched her go up the walk between her hosts, an eager couple in expensive clothes. She kept turning around I haven't offered to have her at the house, although we
The Missouri Review – University of Missouri
Published: Oct 5, 2001
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