"A Hunger for Words"

My search for a long-lost Thomas Wolfe story synced up with my search for my own beginnings, in a Manhattan adoption agency decades ago.

Sketch of books, representing memories and beginnings
It is a miraculous thing, to search for something for decades, to come to doubt its existence outside your own memory, and then to have it handed to you solid and whole. For 30 years I have yearned for a story that was read to me when I was 12 by the mother of a summer friend of mine — I don't remember either of their first names anymore. The husband and father was an employee of my father's, a ...

The elusive memory of a kindred spirit has steered me, over the years, toward the heart of my own story.


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