Your story in this week’s issue, “Herman Melville, Volume 1,” is about a young woman who has been drifting from town to town in Oregon with her boyfriend, Evan. The story opens as she’s carrying all their stuff—“two skateboards, two backpacks, the banjo in its scratched-up case”—and searching for Evan, who has disappeared. Did you always know you’d start the story this way, with your homeless protagonist carrying the equivalent of two homes on her back?
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