The Tr ail of the Jan eG ille tte D emo n fiction his isn't a very nice story, but I feel I should tell it because at the time of the assault I lived six houses away from Dawn, and she had so much to say I thought I'd never hear the end of it. It's as if, in some sense, I owe it to her to pass the tale Fall 2014 / THE MISSOURI RE VIE W along--especially after I heard more about the whole thing just the other day, that is, some fifteen years later, when I was back in Washington, DC, for a visit, I'm not sure why. I guess just to see what had happened to Mount Pleasant, the neighborhood where I lived for twenty-odd years, a neighborhood in a city now famous for stalemate, a city that celebrates its inability to move forward. Ironic, you see, given the nature of the assault. When Dawn was forty-five or so, she decided she had to do something about her weight. Pregnancy, childbirth, child-rearing, years and years of school teaching, middle age, she could blame whatever she liked, but the fact remained. She'd always been
The Missouri Review – University of Missouri
Published: Oct 9, 2014
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