"can a house be haunted by a disappointment, by expired love, curdled, lending an imperceptible perfume to the halls and rooms. it is the whiff we catch at open houses and estate sales, whose occupants have divorced. according to 1 corinthians, love is patient, love is kind. according to joy division, love will tear us apart. what happens when a couple outgrows a house, when they wake in a beloved room to realize they don't belong there, that they've been living an illustration of a dream?"