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Back story: Susan Straight's familial bonds stand test of time
Back story: Susan Straight's familial bonds stand test of time

Biraderi. The other night, my cellphone rang at one a.m. My nephew Sensei said, "Auntie. You told me to call." "Yup," I said. "And?" "I'm alive." "Excellent." Only two serious rules, my three daughters kept telling him: Don't eat chocolate or red foods on the beige couch (why I bought a beige couch years ago is another story), and call at night so she knows you're alive. Don't blow that one. My nephew came to live with us just as I was finishing "Take One Candle Light a Room," a novel about a Los Feliz travel writer named Fantine Antoine who's deliberately distanced herself from her rural family and...

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