Her own story was shorter, because she was younger. Born in a suburb in Michigan, raised in a suburb in California, loved books and philosophy and theatre and music and dance and experiment and performance art. Came to town as an undergraduate student, and never left. A temporary gig waiting tables for a month turned into ten years. She was thirty-two. Older than she looked. She said she was happy.
Organized crime’s traditional staples were usury, narcotics, prostitution, gambling, and protection rackets.
‘Someone once told me that every day a woman should do something that scared her.’ ‘She could join the army.’