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Alan's father was a mountain, and his mother was a washing machine

Alan’s father was a mountain, and his mother was a washing machine – he kept a roof over their heads and she kept their clothes clean. His brothers were: a dead man, a trio of nesting dolls, a fortune-teller, and an island. He only had two or three family portraits, but he treasured them, even if outsiders who saw them often mistook them for landscapes. There was one where his family stood on his father’s slopes, Mom out in the open for a rare exception, a long tail of extension cords snaking away from her to the cave and the diesel generator’s three prong outlet. He hung it over the mantel, using two hooks and a level to make sure that it came out perfectly even.

From Cory Doctorow, “Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town”

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