In Watermelon Sugar

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This title is a nod to the beat/counterculture novel by Richard Brautigan that I read three times in senior year of high school, mostly during trigonometry. I understood little of it — who did? — but I loved it because it was so weird and sexy. When I finished this gentle dissolving rose, I couldn’t help thinking of Brautigan’s world where people “travel to the length of their dreams and lead gentle lives in watermelon sugar.”