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After her mother’s death, the narrator is chilled by her father’s obvious relief at his freedom and by his self-centeredness. Although he is moving to live with his rich girlfriend (on her ex-husband’s alimony), he demands that his daughters give him their inheritance.

Meanwhile his son Frank marries for a fourth time, but after he inherits his share of money, disappears again, this time for good.

22 years later — 5 Presidents after her mother’s nemesis, Nixon, resigned — the narrator has a late-night thought: What if her mother had been correct, not paranoid, when she had accused Frank of trying to kill her?

Next week: Paranoia

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