That it isn’t fiction?
That it was inspired by two unjoined things, which arrived in the mail.
That in 2014 there were two deaths in our family, and it was written at the end of that year.
That I finished it in a couple of months (novella length).
That it was on Medium for a little while and Laura Miller of Slate left a note on the first chapter which said, “This is lovely.” (I’ve since edited the version I wrote in such a hurry. I’m never done editing anything but that’s neither here nor there.)
That if you didn’t know me you would think it a hard read.
That it is a hard read.