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At Weddings and Wakes by Alice McDermott

By Alice McDermott

The 3 little ones of an Irish-American relatives in ny are witnesses to the cycles of dissatisfaction, bitterness and habitual affection that make up the lives in their prolonged family.

A delicate, unhappy and humorous ebook from the writer of the nationwide ebook Award-nominated That Night and Charming Billy.

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I was thinking about when we lived at the Sandman,’ I said a while later, after my stomach had settled. ‘Oh hell,’ Jerry Lee said and sighed. ‘That place was horrible. ’ ‘It was the third,’ I said and looked out the window. I saw a small black bird trying to fly in the wind all alone. It was a strange sight seeing it out there in the middle of a storm surrounded by the white of the snow. ‘Man,’ Jerry Lee said, ‘with that couple next door, yelling and screaming all the time, and then they’d just fuck, and you’d hear them night after night banging against the wall.

I don’t know,’ he said. ‘Jesus, it’s snowing. Holy hell. ’ ‘I hate driving at all,’ I said. ‘When it starts falling,’ Jerry Lee said, ‘I walk. I don’t trust people, you’d be crazy to. Most don’t know how to drive, and then you add snow and it’s a goddamn mess. If it snowed all the time, say like you’re in Michigan or Alaska, then it’d be different. I guess I’d trust people then. But it doesn’t. Ice is worse. I just stay home if there’s ice. ’ I started the Dodge and turned the heater on. I set my pants next to the floor vent, and put them on when they had warmed.

I knew when the bad parts would happen, and I knew I could just go to the bathroom during those parts and make it back to the parts that weren’t so bad, and the parts that were good. But when it got real bad for the last time, and the guy in the movie was ready to die, I finished my last beer, put on my coat and hat, and left. 11 I DIDN’T KNOW WHAT to do with myself once I’d left. I couldn’t stop thinking about Jerry Lee, so I just went back to the hospital. When I saw him he was awake and seemed better and we just sat for a long time not saying anything, just watching the TV.

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