“The dads are here for Bruce; the dads hold these truths about Bruce to be self-evident.”
“Yes, the border divides . . . but the culture of this place is of one, not two.”
“The family legacy included silence as a way to belong.”
“Someday we’d get jobs in Manhattan and have the freedom to do whatever we wanted.”
Every time someone guesses wrong, I am the one to apologize.
“This is what being obsessed is: It is making a huge production in your mind.”
“We were confident we’d wake up into a business-as-usual capitalist democracy.”
That my brother and I were not white like the rest of my family didn’t seem to matter much. And then it did.
My ascent matched my mother’s descent.
When a hard line on intermarriage leads to exclusion.