War intervened and father was gone for several years. The mother left and moved, without Jude, to Boston after the father returned. Father died and Jude went to Boston to find his mother, attended college and eventually married and had a child.
|Five Points, 2013|
Jude had, from childhood, a propensity for mathematics and geometry but his father thought he should be able to hunt and catch snakes. The mother encouraged Jude's love of math, poetry and reading. "As messy as the world was, the numbers, predictable and polite, brought order."
"At the Round Earth's Imagined Corners" was first published in Five Points and then included in the 2014 issue of Best American Short Stories.
"He would never know her; knowledge of another person was ungraspable, a cloud. He would never begin to hold another in his mind like an equation, pure and entire."
"At night, he'd come out into the dark kitchen, longing for curried chicken, raw onion, preserved peaches, tastes sharp and simple to remind himself that he was still there."