Susan Scarf Merrell has lived in Sag Harbor since 1989, when she moved from Manhattan to marry the architect James Merrell. They’ve spent their adult lives here, raised two children and a bunch of dogs and cats, and would not trade the East End for anywhere. Susan has written three books — "The Accidental Bond: The Power of Sibling Relationships"; the novel "A Member of the Family"; and, most recently, "Shirley: A Novel." She teaches in the MFA in Creative Writing & Literature at Stony Brook Southampton and is Director of the Southampton Writers Conference. Her fiction, essays and reviews have appeared most recently in The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Fifth Wednesday, Tin House and TSR: The Southampton Review. Like the character in this story, Susan Merrell walks her dog in the Sag Harbor woods every single day, in all weathers, and has seen many things there—discarded couches, carcasses of fish that somehow ended up inland, a bearded dude living in a van, wild turkeys, shrouds of gypsy moth cocoons, but never a dead body. She hopes to keep it that way.
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