‘Wants’ by Grace Paley

I saw my ex-husband in the street. I was sitting on the steps of the new library.
Hello, my life, I said. We had once been married for twenty-seven years, so I felt justified.

These are the opening lines of Wants. I mean, how can I top this? Phenomenal. 

First published, 1971, now in The Collected Stories of Grace Paley, Little, Brown

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