Rivertrout.com proudly introduces a new addition to its library of letters: Beth Raven's "A Woman's Song," a heartfelt missive that explores the causes of, and seeks a reconciliation to, childhood's dark hours and adulthood's solipsism. In the absence of a definitive answer, chance takes center stage.

"Perhaps the lament was not a father-song. Perhaps it was the lament of a girl giving up that very song. Perhaps it was a last dance with the man who could never be what I know you already are," Ms. Raven writes from New Hampshire.

A letter of hope, "A Woman's Song" is filed under Fin.

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