The title story from Lydia Peelle's exquisite collection Reasons for and Advantages of Breathing demonstrates the accumulation of detail and beautifully somber tone that have won the author a veritable sea of acclaim. With her marriage in its death throes, a woman befriends an elderly herpetologist from a nearby university -- and begins to feel a growing affinity to the world of reptiles.
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by Lydia Davis
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