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By Roland Merullo

Jake Entwhistle is sensible and good-looking, yet residing with a shadow over his romantic historical past. Janet Rossi is a vibrant, witty aide to the governor of Massachusetts, yet Janet suffers from an affliction that makes her, as she places it, 'not precisely a very good long term investment.' After assembly unintentionally past due one evening, they start a love affair packed with humor, startling intimacy, and a deep, abiding connection.

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7. They sat across from her, Jalil and his wives, at a long, dark brown table. Between them, in the center of the table, was a crystal vase of fresh marigolds and a sweating pitcher of water. The red-haired woman who had introduced herself as Niloufar's mother, Afsoon, was sitting on Jalil's right. The other two, Khadija and Nargis, were on his left. The wives each had on a flimsy black scarf, which they wore not on their heads but tied loosely around the neck like an afterthought. Mariam, who could not imagine that they would wear black for Nana, pictured one of them suggesting it, or maybe Jalil, just before she'd been summoned.

You know," he said, "the picture quality isn't that good. Neither is the sound. And the projector's been malfunctioning recently. Maybe your mother is right. " "Aneh,"Nana said. "You see? " "I'll tell you what," Jalil said. "I'll send someone to pick you up and take you. " "Mariam jo-" "And I want you to invite my brothers and sisters too. I want to meet them. I want us all to go, together. " Jalil sighed. He was looking away, toward the mountains. Mariam remembered him telling her that on the screen a human face looked as big as a house, that when a car crashed up there you felt the metal twisting in your bones.

No one called her aharami. Hardly anyone even looked at her. She was, unexpectedly, marvelously, an ordinary person here. For a while, Mariam stood by an oval-shaped pool in the center of a big park where pebble paths crisscrossed. With wonder, she ran her fingers over the beautiful marble horses that stood along the edge of the pool and gazed down at the water with opaque eyes. She spied on a cluster of boys who were setting sail to paper ships. Mariam saw flowers everywhere, tulips, lilies, petunias, their petals awash in sunlight.

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