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Chapter 19

Neil admitted he had not been the best father to his daughters in England and vowed to do better by Molly. The girls were now young women and told me they forgave him. Like me, they remained grateful for any … Continue reading

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Chapter 18

Molly’s first day of kindergarten, in new dress and shiny shoes with ruffled ankle socks, she perched on her little chair at a table with three other children. Her new classmates wept around her, distraught as their parents left. Meanwhile, … Continue reading

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Chapter 17

  Neil had no trouble getting jobs but could not seem to keep one for more than six months at a time. In the few years we’d been in Connecticut he worked at almost every car dealership within a ten-mile … Continue reading

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Chapter 16

Connecticut Summer 1999 The rusty porch glider squeaked as I swayed back-and-forth, mentally running through my ‘to-do’ list. Looking out at the overgrown lawn between sips of tea, I thought of the laundry piled high in the basement, the kitchen … Continue reading

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Chapter 15

Connecticut 1997-98 Driving the streets of Connecticut I coveted the grassy yards and picket fences I’d once dismissed. I imagined our little family in one of these charming houses, the screen door slamming behind Molly as she came in from … Continue reading

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Chapter 14

Connecticut 1996-97 We arrived in the States in June and quickly found an apartment in a two family house in a small diverse city less than an hour from New York City. Our first purchase was the biggest bed we … Continue reading

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Chapter 13

Zagreb – Autumn, Winter, Spring 1995 Back in Zagreb, we moved to the same tree-lined street we’d lived on before. Our new apartment did not have the charm or fantastic view of our previous flat but nor did it have … Continue reading

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Chapter 12

  Puglia and Zagreb, Summer 1995   Those early months at home with my baby flowed along in a sweet, slow rhythm of the hot Italian summer. Each time I lifted Molly up out of her cot and inhaled the … Continue reading

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Chapter 11

Zagreb and Puglia, Italy – Spring & Summer 1995 I imagined a blissful pregnancy but instead my body ached and even at a few months, I had the sensation my baby might slip out of me. I walked like an … Continue reading

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Chapter 10

  Zagreb, Sarajevo and the Seychelles, August 1994   We would marry in Sarajevo in August. This impossible destination absolved us from choosing between divorced parents who refused to see each other, estranged siblings and extended family we never spoke … Continue reading

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