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What happened to Jeannette during the night in the new house in Phoenix

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The family would partake in night "roach massacres" in their new home in Phoenix.

We conducted roach massacres in the kitchen at night, because that was when they came out in force. We armed ourselves with rolled­up magazines or shoes—even though I was only nine, I already wore size­ten shoes that Brian called. "roach killers"—

and sneaked into the kitchen. Mom threw the light switch, and we kids all started the assault. You didn't even have to aim. We had so many roaches that if you hit any flat surface, you were sure to take out at
least a few.


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