Hannah Dela Cruz Abrams received a 2013 Whiting Writers' Award for The Man who Danced with Dolls and her memoir-in-progress The Following Sea. She currently teaches in the English Department at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
First, anticipate it. In fact, anticipate disappearances, jail time, lawsuits, death threats, broken things, cocaine, young wives, younger girlfriends, children. Don’t be fooled by the pauses. They will be full of bluegrass, money, convertibles, grand homes in foreign countries, pet orangutans, and infinite promise. Also cocaine, young wives, younger girlfriends, children. Get away from him. Do it young.