Cover Photo: left to right: Mary. Bee (held by her grandfather), Christopher. Courtesy of author
left to right: Mary. Bee (held by her grandfather), Christopher. Courtesy of author

Ashes to Ashes

We all knew my aunt Mary would die young, like five of her siblings. Her chosen method was a speedball.

The email was from my father, five thousand miles and eight time zones away. There was no subject line. “Mary is dead.”






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Bee Lavender is the author of Lessons in Taxidermy. She lives in London and New York City. For more information, go to www.beelavender.com.

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