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cion. She sucked a few macaroni noodles off her spoon and licked her lips. I smiled. “I hope not. It’s beautiful, Ab. I’ll take you over there to see it once we get all of the junk cleared out.” She shrugged, but didn’t look up from her bowl of macaroni and cheese. To a five-year-old, the fact that I renovated houses wasn’t nearly as impressive as other parents who had jobs like doctors, truck drivers, or stay-at-home mothers. My houses were merely places to hide creepy, crawly insects, and maybe some ghosts and goblins. “Guess how old the house is,” I said as I leaned back from the kitchen table and opened a window. A cool, light breeze ran through the kitchen. It brushed our faces and lifted the sweat and stickiness off the countertops. Even though my ranch house was a couple of miles from Lake Geneva, in the lessdesirable, year-round part of town, we still felt the crisp lake air. She cocked her head to the side, her blond pigtails bobbling on either side of her head. “One hundred and five years old?” “Older,” I said. The breeze had stopped, so I picked up a stray piece of junk mail and fanned my face. I had spent the day surveying the Maple house, in the April rain, among windows that were either angry panes of broken glass or painted shut. When the occasional wind did blow through the house, it carried with it the grime and dirt of the front porch, like it had been waiting patiently all those years to get inside, and it wasn’t going to miss an opportunity to infiltrate. “One hundred and six?” she said. “You’re close. More like one hundred and fifteen. It was built in 1901,” I said. Her eyes widened. “Wow.” She stirred her macaroni in thought. “Those spiders must be really old, then.” I laughed. “I told you, I didn’t even see one spider today.” Of course, not seeing was not the same as not existing. She gave me a suspicious look. “Oh, you will,” she said

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CICADA SUMMER by Maureen Leurck  

In this moving, witty novel, author Maureen Leurck explores the intricacies and joys of renovation and rediscovery—as one woman’s improvemen...

CICADA SUMMER by Maureen Leurck  

In this moving, witty novel, author Maureen Leurck explores the intricacies and joys of renovation and rediscovery—as one woman’s improvemen...

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