Thrice Married (Once Divorced), Reflects on Her Relationship with Her Mother While Lying on Her Bed, Mexico City, 1990


Mother rescued the three zebras that escaped from the London Zoo. For years, I didn’t believe it.

When I was really little, she would tell me the Luftwaffe’s bombs were as loud as a sweet potato man’s steamer, like a jet engine on the runway. When I was a year or so older, she let me know that the bombs were far-off whistles, exploding out in the suburbs.