Delicious Bender writing, this time in novel form. Her chapters are delicate light butterfly wings, as she tells the story of Mona Grey, 19 year old math teacher who buys an ax for her 20th birthday. Mr. Smith the hardware store owner nee math teacher wears numbers around his neck signifying mood. Mona’s 2nd grade class and Numbers & Materials project, finding numbers in nature. The science teacher, washing mouth out with soap, physical reaction to the smell of soap, making soap bubbles with smoke inside. The greying of Mona’s dad. Lisa & her mom’s cancer. Numbers swirling everywhere. The emptiness of 51. Knocking, forever knocking, on wood.