Starter House; Sonja Condit
December 2013 - Harper Collins
"It was June, and the Miszlaks still hadn't found a house. Eric wanted guarantees: no lead, asbestos, mold, termites, crime or trouble. Lacey wanted triangles.
"Triangles," Eric said, as if he'd never heard of such a thing. They shared the backseat of the Realtor's Tahoe, he with his binder of facts sheets organized by street name, she with her sketchbook, outside of their one hundred and eighth house. Lacey wanted to like it. She wished she could say, This is the one, I love it, for Eric's sake, because he was getting anxious as their list of houses dwindled from the twenties to the teens, but she just couldn't. The house with its square utilitarian front. so naked and so poor--if Eric settled for it, he'd be miserable by Christmas. They had enough of square houses, bland rooms no better than the motels she'd grown up in and the apartments they'd lived in together, houses without memory. They couldn't live that way anymore, with the baby coming."
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