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T. C. Boyle's stories have often appeared in the Houghton Mifflin series The Best American Short Stories. His short story "Admiral" is no exception. In this work, the author takes on the persona of a young African-American woman, who appears as the protagonist , Nisha. Home from college without anything better to do, Nisha agrees to dog-sit for the Strikers, a very well-to-do couple. Cliff and Gretchen Striker are lawyers with more money than they know what to do with. So when their Afghan dog dies, they pay a quarter of a million dollars to clone a replica of it. Now the Strikers want Nisha to take care of the new version of Admiral just as she did the original. They want Nisha to wear the same clothes she did when she was in high school; to play the same games she did with the first Admiral; to walk the new dog, feed the new dog, and talk to the new dog as she did those many years ago with this new pup's predecessor. Since Nisha has nothing more promising and the Strikers are willing to pay her well, she takes on the task of shaping...

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