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Jean backed the Datsun out of the driveway, checking carefully to make sure she didn’t hit the mailbox, or either of the cement blocks marking where the culvert began. Jennifer sat in the passenger seat, twisting the radio dial to her favorite station that week, when she passed the oldies station and Jean heard the notes of “Wake Up Little Suzie.”

“Leave it there for a minute,” she said. “I haven’t heard that song in years.” Jen moved her hand away and the music washed over Jean, taking her back to 1957, when Eisenhower was president, the wars were starting to get colder and the early years of the baby boom were playing out in her parents’ house off Queens Chapel Road. Mother was pregnant with Billy and starting to show, her flat stomach now a small perfect...

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