Chapter 1 - A Degree of Futility

May 2002.  Lily wakes up to her evil alarm clock on the morning of her PhD exam.  She's almost late because one of her best friends, Simon, calls from England where he's on a postdoctoral fellowship.  As she gets ready, her graduate school career flashes before her eyes.  She realizes that her life is about to change.  But she's not sure whether it will get better.  Or worse.

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