In honor of Easter and all the oh-so-fun forced family interactions, this week’s excerpt is from my novel, The Lone Wolf. In this scene, Kasey, her husband David, and their daughter Aida are having their weekly Sunday dinner at David’s parents’ house. For years Kasey’s in-laws have considered her to be not good enough for their son and criticized everything she does. Today Kasey has told Aida she doesn’t need to eat asparagus if she doesn’t want to, but David’s mother sees it differently, and David is, as usual, silently taking his mother’s side.
“Nonsense, Kasey, of course she should eat it; everyone in this family eats asparagus,” said my mother-in-law. “My goodness, what do you feed the poor child?”
I glanced at David, but he was staring intently at his plate as he chewed. I kicked his shin under the table and he coughed, choking on the bite in his mouth, but still said nothing.
“We’re moving to Asheville,” I announced, changing the subject.
My in-laws’ mouths dropped open.
“David, you didn’t tell them?” I asked sweetly. If he could throw me to the wolves, I’d do the same to him.
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