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Her father, Koshiro, is losing his memories; Hana was never able to create memories of her mother. Pearlie, Hana's aunt, wants to institutionalize Koshiro while Little Grandmother wants to continue to care for him at home. Aunt Pearlie's ammunition is that she has discovered that Koshiro is the culprit stealing women's intimate items from local clotheslines.
Lightness and darkness are woven throughout the story in the way that memories grow and fade. It is touching to find out the way in which Little Grandma is covering for the so-called Laundry Burglar.
My favorite line is, "'Where are you now, Koshiro?' she said."
"Anchorage" was published in 1992 in Watanabe's collection, Talking to the Dead.
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