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Where the Heart Is

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She couldn’t always stay on Prince Edward Island, not even when she was grown. Not when her grandmother died and left Gay Street to swing like some enormous albatross from her mother’s neck.

But Lantern Hill was always there for summers and holidays and times when she needed to flee noisy civilization and the demands of a world that did not seem to know how to breathe.

And when, in time, the ties that held her to the mundane world snapped one by one by one, she turned her face to the east and let her feet take her home.