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"You should never have got on that plane," Nana scolds. She is standing with her back to the kitchen window, facing her granddaughter. "God, he was tight!"
Mary Anne tosses back her hair and turns to smile sweetly at her. "But, Nana, I could get anything I wanted out of him."
"And me?" Nana says. "I even bought my own ticket to see him fight Joe Louis. And he lived with us! Everything I say is true. We could write a book. Too bad. We really did like him in those days...."
"I loved him and I always did," says Mary Anne.
"You should. He was your father. But he wasn't a good father."
Mary Anne shakes her head. "He was a wonderful father."
"O.K.," says Nana. "All right, have it your way."
"I think he was wonderful. I only had him 16 years."
"Did you have a father, Mary Anne?" Nana says, softly.
"Yes, I did."