Jane was born in Gray Star, a settlement in remote Eastern Oregon, where her cries were lost in miles and miles of orchards stilled by a constant rain. One of the people who lived in the commune drove to town to wire her mother Mary’s message to Tom Owens. Eight days later she’d heard nothing. S…
The Driving Child
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