A Town Like Alice

This is a recommendation no one asked for, but it will enrich your life.

When you have an old spinster aunt name like Jean, you feel an affinity with other Jeans. We’re not so much an endangered species as exotic plants you can only get in every fourth or so garden centre.

A few weeks ago, I was waiting in the makeshift lobby of a building when the woman sitting across from me struck up a conversation. In the span of two min…

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