House Arrest by Ellen Meeropol

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By Ellen Meeropol

Home-care nurse Emily Klein can’t get out of her new task – weekly prenatal visits to Pippa Glenning, a tender Isis cult member below condominium arrest for the demise of her daughter in the course of a Solstice rite. yet she takes her paintings heavily and performs via the foundations, so Emily is set to take excellent care of her high-profile and unconventional sufferer. With different cult contributors in criminal, Pippa Glenning struggles to maintain the loved ones intact. If she follows the principles of her apartment arrest, she should be allowed to maintain her child; yet because the pregnant girl within the relatives it’s her responsibility to bounce for Isis on the upcoming iciness Solstice rite. to flee the home arrest with no being stuck, Pippa wishes Emily’s support. regardless of their ameliorations, Emily and Pippa’s friendship grows. Returning to Maine for her grandfather’s funeral, Emily starts off to grapple together with her mom and dad’ activism a iteration previous and her father’s dying in criminal. again domestic, because the Solstice and the trial technique, anti-cult and racist sentiment within the urban escalates. Emily and Pippa needs to every one make judgements approximately their conflicting obligations to their households and to one another – judgements that placed their lives, and Pippa’s unborn child – in jeopardy.

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Sally Ann came from Pippa Passes, Kentucky, and she said it was the most beautiful place on earth. Pippa once asked Ma if she was named for that pretty town in the Kentucky mountains, but Ma said no, she read the name in a book when she was a girl. Pippa was so grateful that Sally Ann liked her name that they became best friends, her first friend really, because a brother didn’t count. But in fourth grade Sally Ann grew boobs and Ma said she had turned into a slut and Pippa couldn’t play with her anymore.

The morning after my high school graduation I took the ferry off the island, then the bus down to Portland. I knew what I was leaving, but not what I was looking for, except that I wanted to fade into the background. The city had changed in the eight years I’d been away. Perhaps I could have found some childhood friends if I’d looked, but I wanted to start over. The nursing home job was advertised on the bulletin board at the Food Coop. It turned out that I loved the physicality of taking care of people.

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