By J. Robert Lennon
Elisa Brown is riding again from her annual, somber stopover at to her son Silas's grave while anything adjustments. really, every thing alterations: her physique is extra voluptuous; she's donning varied outfits and riding a brand new motor vehicle. whilst she arrives domestic, her existence is familiar—but varied. there's her condominium, her husband. yet on the planet she now inhabits, Silas isn't any longer lifeless, and his brother is disturbingly replaced. Elisa has a brand new task, and her marriage turns out sturdier, and stranger, than she recollects. She reveals herself faking her means via a lifestyles she is confident isn't her personal. Has she had a psychotic holiday? Or has she entered a parallel universe? Elisa believed that Silas was once doomed from the beginning, yet now that he's alive, what can she do to fix her strained kin along with her young ones? She quickly discovers that those questions hinge on with the ability to see herself as she particularly is—something that may be most unlikely for Elisa, or for someone. In frequent, J. Robert Lennon maintains his profound and exhilarating exploration of the surreal undercurrents of up to date American lifestyles.
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The thought occurs and at once there I am, in shirt-sleeves and concertina trousers, stumbling sweat-stained behind the mower, grass-haulms in my mouth and the flies buzzing about my head. Odd, how often I see myself like this these days, at a distance, being someone else and doing things that only someone else would do. Mow the lawn, indeed. The shed, although tumbledown, is really rather handsome when looked at with a sympathetic eye, the wood of it weathered to a silky, silvery grey, like the handle of a well-worn implement, a spade, say, or a trusty axe.
I said to Claire excitedly. ” On the way down I had told her all, or almost all, about the Graces. ” She turned back in her seat to look. ” she said. What was I to answer? That I was overcome by a crippling shyness suddenly, here in the midst of the lost world? I drove on, and turned on to Strand Road. The Strand Café was gone, its place taken by a large, squat and remarkably ugly house. Here were the two hotels, smaller and shabbier, of course, than in my memory of them, the Golf sporting importantly a rather grandiose flag on its roof.
I have become quite the expert in matters medical this past year, not surprisingly. For instance I know that pins-and-needles in the extremities is one of the early symptoms of multiple sclerosis. This sensation I have is like pins-and-needles, only more so. It is a burning jab, or series of jabs, in my arm, or in the back of my neck, or once, even, memorably, on the upper side of the knuckle of my right big toe, which sent me hopping on one leg about the room uttering piteous moos of distress.
Familiar by J. Robert Lennon