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A mother's love and loneliness inform Lorene Scafaria's 'Meddler'

A mother's love and loneliness inform Lorene Scafaria's 'Meddler'

Gail Scafaria loves the Grove. The kitschy trolley, the fountain, the litter-free walkways -- it all reminds her of being on Main Street at Disneyland. She doesn’t even mind the hordes of tourists, packed in at the Apple store or queuing for Sprinkles cupcakes.

“My husband worked in New York, and I was used to the streets being packed and all the energy,” she said, sitting at the Whisper Lounge, one of the restaurants at the outdoor shopping mall. “That’s what I liked about the Grove. I’d always come over here and just think of how great it is, even though I was really lonely.”

Six years ago, Scafaria moved from New...

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