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She Was

The Annunciation of Francesca Dunn

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Back Story for She Was

    I was reading the Sunday paper in my bathrobe. It was May. It was 2001. The article was about a fifty-something soccer mom in Minnesota who had been arrested for planting a bomb that never went off in a police car tailpipe back in the early 1970s. From where I sat that morning, before the twin towers fell and before we went to war in Iraq... read more.


Back Story for The Annunciation of Francesca Dunn

    I grew up in the 60’s in Littleton, Colorado, which was then a brand new suburb south of Denver and decades away from its Columbine infamy. Like other young couples in post WWII affluent America, my parents set out to make the safest, cleanest, most homogenous place they could to start a family.
     What they didn’t realize was... read more.




Janis Hallowell is the author of The Annunciation of Francesca Dunn and She Was. She is a MacDowell fellow and is on the faculty of Denver’s Lighthouse for Writers. She lives in Colorado with her husband and daughter.





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