Denial? Poor perception? Different worldviews? It’s hard to say. Juliette felt exhausted navigating life as a stranger in a strange land. Her parents evidently didn’t. And she didn’t end up feeling the that way for the rest of her life, btw.

The woman I based Juliette on became an esteemed mental health professional later in life and, I think, very happy with the place she made for herself in the world.

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Writer. Runner. Marine. Airman. Former LGBTQ and HIV activist. Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation. Polyglot. Middle-aged, uppity faggot.

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