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In August I spent a week with my boyfriend’s family in the French countryside. We all stayed—Adrien’s parents, his sister and her husband, their three children, and us—in the family’s summer house in the village of Mens, in the foothills of the Alps. The house was last decorated in 1958, hung with 150 years’ of family portraits, furnished with old iron bedsteads and handsome mantelpiece clocks that chimed irregular hours. A little kitchen with a rusty stove gave out onto a garden and a meadow beyond. I went exploring.

It had been…

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