Enjoying an active but lonely rural life, seventy-year-old Percy allows a progressive preschool to move into his barn and transform his quiet home into a lively, youthful community that compels him to reexamine the choices he made after his wife's death.
In the way that a gambler who has lost can easily imagine himself again in possession of his money, thinking how false, how undeserved was the process that took it from him, so he sometimes found himself unwilling to believe what had happened, or certain that his marriage would somehow be found again. So much of it was still in existence.
James Salter, Light Years
For my parents and my three Jewish mothers
Why, thank you.
They watch the truck climb the hill, pass the graveyard, and turn out of sight onto the road leading inland, away from the shore.