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In the little Mexican beach town of Akumal, there's a grocery store, and in the grocery store works an American woman named Charlene. Charlene is in a wheelchair. She's from California originally, but she moved to Akumal long long ago after her first visit. Just went home and sold everything.
I know these things because I walked into the store with book in my hands. It was the novel "What I Loved" by Siri Hustvedt. She asked me what it was. I described it. We fell into a long conversation about books. "If you finish it down here, drop it off," she said in conclusion.
I did finish, but I never got it together to drop it off at the store. On my day of departure, I left it in my room with a note asking that it be given to Charlene. It's a small town. The book felt warm and touched by me, and the gesture of giving it to Charlene felt very human.