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On Taking Off the Ring

Savala Nolan

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I look at my finger and wonder whether the mark of my wedding ring will ever disappear. I wore it for ten years. Two rings actually — the diamond of engagement, and then the band of matrimony. Pregnancy was the only time I removed them, the humid Michigan summer and the third trimester making my fingers swell.

It’s faint. A thin, darkened stripe, almost like a tan line in reverse, sits below my knuckle, more visible when…

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Savala Nolan

uc berkeley law professor and essayist @ vogue, time, harper’s, NYT, NPR, and more | Simon & Schuster and HarperCollins | she/her | IG @notquitebeyonce