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The aspiration of all writers should be to avoid leaving fissures in their work, to make sure that everything is properly secured so readers won’t find a single toehold for their suspicions. That’s the most desirable outcome, to which all writers should aspire no matter what they write about.
My father used to carry me down the hall to my room after I came home from the hospital. By then I could walk if I had to, but the risk of falling was too great, so he carried me like a child.
According to my mother, there was some suspicion in the family that my grandfather had been murdered. He was a rich man. Maybe a thief robbed him and then pushed him overboard. More likely, though, it was a tragic accident. He may have gone out to the deck for a breath of the cool night air and lost his balance. The rails on ships were lower back then, my mother would point out.