Gifts for the One Who Comes After by Helen Marshall

By Helen Marshall

Ghost thumbs. Microscopic canines. One very unhappy can of tomato soup . . . Helen Marshall's moment assortment deals a sequence of twisted surrealities that discover the legacies we go directly to our youngsters. A son seeks to reconnect together with his father via a telescope that sees into the previous. a tender woman discovers what lies at the different aspect of her mother's bellybutton. Death's spouse prepares for a really particular funeral. In Gifts for the one that Comes After, Marshall promises eighteen stories of affection and loss that cement her as a strong voice in darkish fable and the hot bizarre. incredible, hectic, and deeply relocating.

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I been in fender-benders without number, although I never had a major crash, for which I thank Mary Mother of Jesus and Saint Christopher and God the Father Almighty, know what I mean? And every week, no matter how thin that week was, I put five bucks away for his college. Ever since he was nothin but a pipsqueak suckin a bottle. And what for? So he can come home one fine day and tell me the president of the United States is a pig. Hot damn! The kid probably thinks I'm a pig, although he knows if he ever said it I'd rearrange his teeth for him.

After the carousel came the mirror maze, a very good mirror maze as a matter of fact, it made her think of the one in Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes, where the little-old-lady schoolteacher almost got lost forever. She could see Johnny in another part of it, fumbling around, waving to her. Dozens of Johnnies, dozens of Sarahs, They bypassed each other, flickered around non-Euclidian angles, and seemed to disappear. She made left turns, right turns, bumped her nose on panes of clear glass, and got giggling helplessly, partly in a nervous claustrophobic reaction.

Dan left yesterday. She suddenly realized she was sitting in an apartment by herself late at night, eating an apple and watching a movie on TV that she cared nothing about, and doing it all because it was easier than thinking, thinking was so boring really, when all you had to think about was yourself and your lost love. Very shocked now. She had burst into tears. She had gone out with Johnny the second and third time he asked, too, and that was also a revelation of exactly what she had become.

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