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From Elle November 2011: “Puffadder” by Henrietta Rose-Innes

NinevehThe November issue of Elle features an exclusive short story by Henrietta Rose-Innes, who released her third novel, Nineveh, earlier this year. We first spotted this story while rifling through the very magazine but the nimble Rose-Innes beat us to a blog post with this one.

I’m curious about people in cars. In traffic, I watch them through back windscreens or in my rear-view mirror, doing what people do when they think they’re unobserved: singing, picking noses, gaping at the world. I like to see a driver and passenger, laughing across the space between them. It’s an intimate view, a conversation framed. The travellers are focused on each other or on the road ahead: they don’t feel my eyes sneaking up from behind to touch the backs of their necks.

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