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'Dalva', pg. 3-35.

• The story begins in Santa Monica, California, in 1986.

• Dalva writes in a journal to her son whom she gave up for adoption when she was young.

• Dalva's father, John Wesley, died in the Korean War; Dalva was only nine.

• Dalva's sister Ruth has been separated from her husband Ted for 15 years because he is gay.

• Ruth says she has begun an affair with a priest.

• Dalva dates a history professor named Michael; she says he has issues.

• Dalva says the previous winter she had worked with troubled teens and encountered one whose uncle raped him.

• Dalva goes to the boy's home to question the mother and is met by the uncle instead; Dalva is fired for her personal intervention in the case.

• Ruth calls Dalva and admits she has had one last fling with her priest in an effort to become pregnant.

• Dalva discusses her...

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