Fall 2023 • Vol. XLV No. 4 Luminous Gender VesselSeptember 1, 2023 |

The Woman from Angers

The Kenyon Review · "The Woman from Angers" by Catherine Kim I.                Proposals When I was growing up, our family seemed unremarkable and predictable in every way. My parents, and my grandparents, and my great-grandparents had lived in Angers, and their friends had lived in Angers. Sometimes the men would leave, to fight in wars or to study in Paris. Unless they died, they always returned. Whatever I did, my relatives had done before me. My grandparents also had knelt under the crimson-and-sapphire windows in the Cathédrale Saint-Maurice. My father also had gazed on the glittering Maine river as he stood on the quay, next to the squat striped towers of the Château d’Angers. My mother also had strolled in the public gardens, filigreed with geometric flourishes of emerald-green hedges. Although our distant ancestors had been farmers, our family had resided in the city for generation

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Catherine Kim is a physician who started writing fiction during the pandemic. Her account of the invention of the Pap smear won the Ploughshares Emerging Fiction Writer contest this past year. She has written other fiction involving medical encounters.

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