Fall 2013 • Vol. XXXV No. 4 Fiction |

Shame Story

Marcus first mentions that he wants to see patients in their apartment as Lydia claims the last of the golden beet slices—it's hers, she's been counting—in the candlelight of their special-occasion French place. This fall, thanks to Marcus's ever-accelerating career, they've eaten here so often that Lydia no longer feels quite so uneasy when the restroom attendant half-bows and hands her a very cloth-like paper towel. After her husband suggests making an office of their little back room, currently crowded with their bicycles and defunct gadgets, he leans in and takes her hand, "And it would be cozy, home with you." Lydia looks down at the beet's honey-colored rings. She already works from their apartment, in solitude she now realizes she's taken for granted, designing jewelry for a young adult retailer. But how can she say no? Marcus is a neuropsychologist, one of the world's leading experts on how shame works—not how it feels, he jokes at parties, winking—and he's inven

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