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Family History Those in her family who die young die of despair. She tried to explain it to me: "They just lie in bed and waste away. No cause of death is found. It's very much like those birds that perish upon the death of their mates." She needn't have described it. When people ask me how her relatives died, I say, "Depression." They look at me like I am lying or mad, as if there is something in the human body that holds it together after the soul has wasted away. The people in my family who die young die of bullets in brains or nooses they make themselves. Her family is romantic. Mine is impatient. Our children commit suicide before they are born.
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