fiction urner had been thinking for the many months of his recovery about visiting Brian up in Jackson Hole when he was well enough to travel again, but then, just a day before he planned to go--he was actually mapping out his route in the too-large and too-empty house on Maxwell Avenue--he got a call from his little sister, Maggie, in Columbus. She had news. And a request. Turner and Maggie talked by phone at least once a month, had somehow remained close through many years and much distance and, in the end, very different lives. And so it was a surprise to discover that she'd been keeping this from him. 54 Jerry Gabriel Photo by David Nuti While he'd been on his sabbatical, she said--he knew she couldn't bring herself to say "dealing with your cancer" or "in treatment" or even just "sick"--she'd made a decision to finish her PhD. For fifteen years, her dissertation, on limb regeneration in starfish, the product of three and a half years' hard work and countless trips to the Sea of Cortez, had sat on some hard drive, mostly complete, he guessed--possibly entirely complete; it had been a taboo topic after
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