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Excerpt from The Interpreter by Suki Kim. Copyright © 2003 by Suki Kim. To be published in January, 2003 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux, LLC. All rights reserved.
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CIGARETTE AT 9 A.M. is a sure sign of desperation. Doesn't happen to her often, except on mornings like this, November, rain, overcrowded McDonald's in the South Bronx off the 6 train. Like a block party, this place, with those dopey eight-year-olds who should be in school, and their single mothers sick of shouting, and the bored men at each table still not at work. Morning is full here. Everyone's in it together, a communal