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Harper can't sleep. Night after night, she hectors her parents for attention. Ruth and Mac, troubled for their only child, come to call this part of the day "badtime." Can all of them get some rest?


These ten linked stories follow the fortunes of this small family, from courtship in Paris to crisis in Vermont. Ruth, a professor of Environmental Studies, works to preserve their little city while living through a health crisis of her own. Mac seeks answers on the road. And Harper is just trying to grow up. Stories are always a way to navigate bad times.


About the Author

William Marquess taught literature and writing for thirty-four years at Saint Michael's College. His other collections of stories include Boom-shacka-lacka, Because Because Because Because Because, and Things I Want You to Do.


About the Cover Artist:

Vermont photographer Jordan Douglas exhibits his alternative analog prints, and teaches at St. Michael's and Champlain Colleges.