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At fifteen, I discovered Raymond Carver in a book of short stories that two friends of my parents kindly let me lift from their house in the middle of a car trip. Carver writes wonderfully about empathy.
Two Girls, Fat and Thin is the story of fat Dorothy and thin Justine.
You may never have heard of Café Gratitude in San Francisco.
This is - as you might guess - the story of The Princess and the Pea, but told from the point of view of the pea, who, in this telling, makes a crucial intervention so that things come out right.