In Jill Ciment's dark comedy 'Act of God,' a fungus ruins everything

March 25, 2015 12:10 PM

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"A small phosphorus organism, about as bright and arresting as a firefly's glow, bloomed in the seam of the hall closet.... A swell rose out of the glow until the head of whatever was fighting to get born pushed through... Kat gasped. Her breath must have disturbed the new life, or awakened it, because a puff of spores sprayed out, luminous and ephemeral as glitter."

"Pour bleach on it and keep your air conditioner on high. Someone will call you Monday," the answering service for a mold removal business tells them.

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