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An Invisible Sign
Of My Own

by Aimee Bender

Field-Tested by Dave Reidy

in Nueva Vallarta, Mexico

Aimee Bender’s debut novel was my morning beach diversion in Nueva Vallarta, Mexico. Bender’s Mona Gray is a 19-year-old math teacher whose father’s illness disrupts an already uneasy transition to adulthood. Throughout the book, Mona bemoans her inability to get out of town for even a weekend away. This otherwise minor theme evokes an odd sensation in the vacationer, something self-consciously fortunate, like the feeling of lying in bed, safe and dry, while thunder rolls in the distance.

Dave Reidy lives in Chicago and writes fiction. He is working on a novel. He can be found his website.

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