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Test the Waters



Guest host Hope Davis presents two coming-of-age stories, from very different authors, that mingle memory, rebirth, and water. Davis herself reads Elizabeth McCracken’s “It’s Not You,” a Best American Short Stories selection in which a young woman checks into a grand hotel to cure a broken heart. And from Isaac Babel, the Russian-Jewish author who wrote beguiling tales about the seamy side of early 20th century Odessa, comes "In the Basement.” It has a familiar premise—the unlikely friendship between a poor boy and a rich one. But Babel’s lush descriptions and comic energy make it remarkable. The reader is Richard Masur.

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