“Why is the hospital run by women? What happened to all the men?”
“They ran away.”
“But they’re the brave ones.”
“No, they’re the ones that break your heart and leave you for a younger woman.”
“So you’re saying that sometimes women are braver than men. And better doctors.”
“I’m saying that if you want to keep a man, you better hide his shoes every night so he can’t walk out on you.”
“I don’t understand.”
Deshi shook her head. Her romantic advice was worth a foreigner’s ransom, and here she was, giving it freely to a girl who couldn’t appreciate the hard-earned wisdom.
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, Anthony Marra


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