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Libby Sommer: Jean-Pierre

This was in a far distant land. There were Pilates classes but no surfing beaches or vegan restaurants. People said to hell with low-fat diets and tiny portions. Charles, who had wanted her to hire his friend Jean-Pierre as tour guide, had encouraged her in yoga class. “Look, Zina, you’re a facilitator—you’ve been running those groups—for what—thirty years?” “Only twenty, for goodness sake.” She had turned forty-nine and frowned at him upside down between the legs of a downward facing dog. She had a face marked by the sun, a face left to wrinkle and form crevasses by years of…

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