Backward-Facing Man by Don Silver

By Don Silver

Chuck Puckman, Lorraine Nadia, and Frederick Keane got here of age within the overdue Nineteen Sixties. Like that period, their lives have been mysterious, idealistic, passionate, even romantic—but eventually pressured and sometimes ineffectual. greater than thirty years later, their younger adventures proceed to have ramifications: Chuck faces prosecution after an commercial coincidence at his kin company, Lorraine's daughter is looking for the daddy she by no means knew, and Frederick has long gone underground after his radical existence spiraled uncontrolled. Epic in scope and concerning such provocative matters as Patty Hearst and the SLA, crime and the potential for redemption, and the hunt for self and the which means of lifestyles, Backward-Facing guy is a unique approximately offerings and their lasting results on people's lives, their households, and American society.

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Off to one side was a large loading dock with heavy plastic strips hanging like sooty curtains. An old forklift gutted for parts sat in a truck well, and above it, along an iron girder, a row of pigeons looked as if they’d been feasting on Big Macs. The backward-facing man raised a steel bar, swung open the gate, and walked across the yard. Stardust knew that if she followed him, her chances of getting to work at all would diminish significantly. Yet the possibility of hearing more about Lorraine and her life in Boston or something about her father drew her in.

Below the desk, she heard the CPU crunching. “Very clever,” Rahim said from behind them, his eyes shining, his lips barely stretching over his teeth and gums. ” January 2000 The first few days after Lorraine’s death, Stardust wandered the house in a big flannel shirt and slippers, drinking tea and trying not to think. When she got hungry, she walked to the 7-Eleven and bought herself Hot Pockets and candy bars. She slept in Lorraine’s bed with the TV on, not so much to follow the news or distract herself with shows as to keep herself company.

The sooner you recognize this, the better for everyone. When it happens, be strong enough to admit it, look hard at who you fucked over and why—how you went about fixing or ignoring it—then you’ll know who you are. When you give up trying to be perfect, then you can begin to let go. Stardust tugged at the neck of her flannel shirt. She pictured her mother walking off into the snow, repeating the phrase I am not perfect. What a crock of shit. Notwithstanding her hippie pedigree and her more recent spiritual escapes, Lorraine was as incapable of suspending her earthly concerns, as neurotic and burdened by guilt and regret for 42 | DON SILVER her choices, as the next person.

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