I stayed for what felt like hours, crying and letting them pray for my sins. The most common answer was 85—three years after the average American can expect to be dead and buried. Juska is a member of the graying educated class, and if her audience can read about her senescent sexual adventures with any pleasure, it is partly because they carry a New York Review of Books seal of approval.
Nevertheless, the petitioning continued in earnest and their zeal was infectious. Trujillo Ruiz jumped up in surprise, and the officers promptly made their way around desks and chairs to where he was standing, boxing him in.
This, I believe to this day, gave me grit. It was years before I began to talk about my experiences in the church and process them for what they were: It could be better, but it could be worse.