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My Pain Is Worse Than Your Pain

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You want pain? Jessica filed for divorce before they even got the pin in my leg, and when I had to rely on the jerk whose name I won’t mention to drive me home from the hospital and help me up the steps to my own house, and then make a second trip out to the car for the wheelchair, she was already gone. As was about 87 percent of the furniture and the plasma TV that had been my only solace the last couple of years, that and the squirrels, and she’d cleaned out most of the microwave dinners …

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is the author, most recently, of the story collection Wild Child (Viking).

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