By Alice McDermott
The long island occasions Bestselling writer of After This and Charming Billy
Elizabeth Connelly, editor at a brand new York self-importance press, sells the dream of e-book (admittedly, to writers of questionable talent). tales of actual emotional intensity hardly go her table. but if a tender author named Tupper Daniels walks in, bearing an unfinished novel, Elizabeth is interested in either the novelist and his story—a lyrical story a couple of guy in love with a couple of lady without delay. Tupper's manuscript unlocks stories of her personal secretive father, who himself could have been a bigamist. As Elizabeth and Tupper look for definitely the right dénouement, their affair, too, methods a so much unforeseen and poignant coda.
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He nodded. " "Were you a good cop? " "Good enough, I guess. " She paused. " It felt like an interview. For a loan, or for a job. "They downsized me out of there," he said. " She nodded. "Like a town. If the population gets smaller, the police department gets smaller, too. Something to do with appropriations. " He said nothing. "I live in a very small town," she said. "Echo, south of Pecos, like I told you. It's a lonely place. That's why they named it Echo. Not because it's echoey, like an empty room.
The driver eased his foot off the brake and the Crown Vic crawled forward through the dust. He touched the gas when the Mercedes was still a hundred yards behind him. The Mercedes roared past and the Crown Vic pulled out into the hot blast of its slipstream. The driver straightened the wheel and accelerated. Smiled with his lips hard together. The killing crew was going to work again. The Mercedes driver saw headlights flashing in his mirror and looked again and saw the sedan behind him. Two peaked caps silhouetted in the front seat.
Or maybe hopelessness, or desperation. "It's just that I've dreamed about this for a month," she said. "My last hope. It was a ridiculous plan, I guess, but it's all I had. " He paused a long time. Minutes. He thought back to a pancake house he'd seen in Lubbock, right across the strip from his motel. It had looked pretty good. He could have crossed the street, gone in there, had a big stack with bacon on the side. Lots of syrup. Maybe an egg. He would have come out a half hour after she blew town.
A Bigamist's Daughter by Alice McDermott