English Lesson: A Memoir by Elizabeth Strout

Philip telephoned the night I first arrived. He sounded mature and serious, with his British accent. We agreed I would travel to Oxford the next weekend. He lived at his college, but he had friends whose “flat” I could stay in.

When I hung up, Margaret said, “I’d feel better, Lizzie, if you stayed in a hotel.”
— From “English Lesson: A Memoir”
“English Lesson: A Memoir by Elizabeth Strout”
Washington Post Magazine
July 12, 2009