He was thirty when they met, Nina twenty-one and a few weeks out of college, her diploma in an unopened envelope under the bed she had slept in since girlhood, her job search stalled by inertia and the unhappy disorientation of living again under her parents’ roof after four years away. He was tall and sunburned and talked too much in her presence, something that surprised her because she did not think that a handsome man nine years her senior should feel as if she had an advantage of any kind. His name was Pierre, but if she wanted to call him Peter, this would be all right with him. She preferred Pierre, and only called him Peter after they were married and she was angry and wanted to be sure that he knew it.
About the Author
Christine Sneed is the author of a short-story collection, Portraits of a Few of the People I’ve Made Cry, and a novel, Little Known Facts, both published by Bloomsbury.