By Wallace Stegner
Joe Allston, the retired literary agent of Stegner's nationwide ebook Award-winning novel, The Spectator chicken, returns during this disquieting and keenly saw novel. Scarred by way of the mindless loss of life in their son and baffled through the engulfing chaos of the Nineteen Sixties, Allston and his spouse, Ruth, have left the coast for a California retreat. And even if their new domestic seems like Eden, it additionally has serpents: Jim Peck, a messianic exponent of substances, yoga, and intercourse; and Marian Catlin, an enticing younger lady whose otherworldly innocence is way extra appealing—and way more risky.
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He flicked his brilliant eyes at me—oh, he was alert, he was as sharp as a pin, he missed nothing in fact or by implication—and said in the tone I remembered too well, the tone of the son not quite keeping his temper before a censorious father, “Look close, and you’ll see this is a Honda, not a Harley. ” No, I felt like saying, and trespass doesn’t give you any right to get snotty. But I said nothing, for Ruth spoke up beside me, and I heard her warm, interested whisper as he must hear it: weakness, placation, a chink in the old bastard’s armor.
But Ruth, making the cookies and casseroles and whole-wheat bread that she used to take there as offerings, puts the future under the pressure of sympathetic magic. to believe that before too long we will hear the slam of the old station wagon’s door down below, or have brought to us on the wind the voices of father and daughter talking to the piebald horse. I? I came down here vaguely mumbling about finally starting on the memoirs. But the last thing I want to think about is what a retired literary agent used to do before he retired, and the people he used to do it among.
Perhaps it was only a slight narrowing of the eyes, as inadvertent as the gas-pain smile of an infant, that made me think he weighed a strategic move. He said mildly, “I was down here once before. ” With his motives I couldn’t quarrel. That bottom was lovely, and he did need an airing. But I didn’t want him getting so attached to the spot that he would make it his standard meditating place, for I felt almost with panic—panic? yes, exactly—the threat of unpeace that lurked there from the moment he set his hoof in the dry duff under that bay tree.
All the Little Live Things (Contemporary American Fiction) by Wallace Stegner