A New Mom Runs Away with a Stranger She Met on the Internet
Everyone dreams of getting away from it all at some point—and this probably goes double for moms, especially now.
Erin Somers's "Variations on the Same" takes that feeling to an extreme. At once caustic and droll, the story follows mother-of-four Samantha as she flees her responsibilities—and her (ex?)husbands—by hot-footing it to Maine, where she plays house with a stranger she met on the internet. The twist is that as she's still nursing, she has to bring her new baby along on the getaway. The question then becomes: can we ever, as Seinfeld once asked, take a vacation from ourselves?
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