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Angle of Repose Part 3, Chapter 1

By Wallace Stegner

Part 3, Chapter 1

Part III: Santa Cruz

  • Shelly has been a good assistant, but her personal life is overflowing with drama. Plus, it doesn't help that the girl lives life like she's at a Grateful Dead concert.
  • See, Shelly's ex-hubby (kinda) just showed up at her parents' house unannounced. Ada told him that Shelly wasn't there, but she suspects that he knows what's up.
  • Shelly meets this news with a mixture of fear and fascination, which is the foundation of every healthy romantic relationship, right? Right?
  • Anyway, Shelly decides to stay at Lyman's place for a few days to avoid the ex.