PHILADELPHIA — Jennifer Finney Boylan is at ease now in the living room of the Devon, Pa., home where she spent her boyhood.
She has not always been comfortable in this place.
When she lived here as 13-year-old James Richard Boylan Jr. and had the whole top floor to herself, she did her homework with the dead bolt on the bedroom door, wearing the bra and sweater she kept hidden behind the room’s faux wooden paneling, and trusting she’d hear the stairs creak if anyone approached.
Now a professor of creative writing at Maine’s Colby College since 1988, Boylan, 52, was a visiting prof for the fall semester at Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pa. Staying in Devon allowed Boylan cherished time with her mother, while driving to Maine once a month to be with sons Zach, 16, and Sean, 14, and her wife, Deirdre Grace.
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