A Cab Called Reliable: A Novel by Patti Kim

By Patti Kim

An amazing debut and intriguing new voice in multicultural fiction.

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I could never remember which words came after "... " Miss Washburn would surely be disappointed to find out I had been mumbling the whole time. I did not want to disappoint my teacher. I liked Miss Washburn. She had long brown hair with ends that curled into the shape of sixes. She wore lavender dresses that flowed when she strolled up and down the aisles. She played the piano and taught us songs about purple mountains and shining seas. She was nothing like my second-grade teacher, who had crooked teeth and called me Ann, Ann, Ann.

He said my English was very good and he could tell from my voice that I had a pretty face. " he asked. I smiled and nodded. He asked my age, my school, my favorite color, my favorite time of day, my favorite ice cream flavor, television show, and holiday. He said he liked the way ice cream felt in his mouth, icy and creamy, and asked if I knew how good that felt. He asked if I had a boyfriend. He asked what I was wearing. When I told him a blue dress, he said to lift it up and touch the place between my legs.

Twenty posters in all because the whole school needed posters in the classrooms and Mr. Albert asked me to write out the rules because I had the best handwriting. He'll like that. Walk faster. Legs, go faster because it takes time to wash the rice five times or six sometimes until the cloudiness in the water goes away. Two, not three cups of rice. Wash the grains gently so they don't crack and break in half. Wipe the bottom of the pot dry or the rice maker will explode. Don't forget to push the button or else hard rice cakes will end up in the trash.

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