Her Mum thinks it’s a bereavement group. The kids think it’s a ‘special class’ that will make mummy better and smarter. Age-appropriate lies, but both have done the trick, as she’s never had to make excuses again beyond the first couple of times.
Me and my best friend hung out every night on the streets, smoking cigarettes and talking to older boys in cars.
Akashic intern Yaima Villarreal reviews Ghost Moth by Michèle Forbes (Bellevue Literary Press).