Notes From a Trailing Spouse

Notes From a Trailing Spouse 1

Gwenda Kaczor for The Chronicle Review

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Gwenda Kaczor for The Chronicle Review

To pass the time in traffic, I asked my wife's friend and fellow graduate student how she liked Ann Arbor. We were in Taipei, where she is from, and where my wife was studying for the summer. As we inched forward in the swarm of scooters, the three of us got sentimental about all the trimmings of an American college town: cute houses on tree-lined streets, cozy downtown, the abundance of thrift shops. On the other side of the globe, we even recalled the boozy riffraff with some