Novelette by Michael Bishop
"Only someone similarly bereft can know your devastation."Who needs characterization when you are the main character and you are told how you feel on the first few pages. Better spend more pages describing the arboretum that only exists for psychologist to stand creepily around pestering people in, in long, awkward, comma-ridden sentences, broken up by interjections long enough to distract from the point of the sentence, during pretty much all the description. Which would be less annoying if the dialog had quotation marks or any kind of labeling.