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The Reptile Garden


Monica wrote:

In The Reptile Garden by Louise Erdrich, there is a Joni reference (line 37).

The trunk was quickly emptied; my room was barely filled. Then, books to my chest, I curled up beneath the afghan and looked out the window. I understood right then that I would be spending most of my first semester in this position.

White girls at the time listened to Joni Mitchell, grew their hair long, smoked impatiently, frowned into their poetry notebooks, and....

The Reptile Garden is a short story published in The New Yorker magazine (January 28, 2008).

Read the complete story HERE

Thank you, Monica!

(Contributed by Monica Cardinale)


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