By Jeffrey Lent
After You’ve long gone in paperback, it's a relocating, elegant love tale set within the cataclysmic many years round the flip of the 20 th century. Henry Dorn has spent years construction a relations, however it basically takes a unmarried afternoon for it to crumble. unexpectedly widowed of the affection of his existence, Henry buys a steamer price ticket for Amsterdam, town of his history, hoping to begin existence anew. yet not anything can have ready him for the girl he meets at the send: the fiery, self-sufficient Lydia Pearce, one in all a brand new new release of ladies. ahead of lengthy the 2 have fallen into an affair of a intensity and importance for which neither used to be ready. however the reminiscence of his spouse and the vexed dating he had with their son hang-out Henry in the course of his new starting. Jeffrey Lent is one in every of our most interesting novelists, and After You’ve long gone provides a story that fantastically charts the sweep of a existence, the bleak achieve of a conflict, and the discovery—and loss—of life-defining love
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I’d like to—” “Gloria, I’ll handle my own family,” Dad said, holding up his hand. “I just think—” But Dad turned and left her standing in the driveway. Gloria was never the same after that day. She came over less and less, and then she stopped altogether. She’d always smile and wave hello whenever she saw me, but she didn’t come across the street and talk to me like she used to. Then one day a big green moving van pulled up and parked in her driveway. Later that afternoon, Gloria and her husband locked their front door and moved away.
She screwed up her face and looked at me like I was the one who was nuts. I had the horrible feeling that she had, once and for all, slipped over the edge. She began rocking from side to side, tears spilling down her cheeks. Breathe, CeeCee. Breathe. Please, somebody help me. Please, God. I walked to the side of the bed, sat down, and took hold of her hand. I could hardly hear my own voice when I said, “Momma. ” She stopped rocking and stared at me for the longest time. The room grew quiet. The clock on her night chest ticked on and on.
She went upstairs to check on Momma, and returned a few minutes later with a sad look on her face. “She’s in a deep sleep, honey. ” Mrs. Odell gave me a squeeze and left, her white hair glowing like a fuzzy moon in the darkness. As I stood at the window and watched her disappear, the truth blazed in my mind. There would never be a better day, because no matter what day it was, my mother, Camille Sugarbaker Honeycutt, the 1951 Vidalia Onion Queen, was crazy. I blew a foggy circle on the windowpane and pressed my palm against it.