Don’t Let the Neighbors Hear

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Rachel Galgut was the kind of woman who cleaned spots with her thumb and was annoyed her nose had never stopped growing. In cold weather, she wore a knotted silk scarf over her black hair, to keep in the curl. She dreamed of learning to play the piano but never attempted it because she couldn’t stand the thought of listening to herself play imperfectly. For her age, for any age, Rachel Galgut had excellent hearing. Her hearing was one of her favorite things to mention in mixed company, “As children, we can hear high noises, as dogs do, but as we [...] Continue reading


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