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By Mary Heath

ISBN-10: 0870236393

ISBN-13: 9780870236396

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Timmy pushes on the hotel door with all his weight and the live air opens to us, edgy with salt, the sky bright blue as pure deep water. "Oy," my father says, turning his face back toward the building. "I'm climbing into my grave out here. " I wish I could find a sin in my father's past. I thought this once when I was embroiled in an episode of, what shall I call it, a brief unsanctioned lustJanie never did find out, no harm was donebecause I was caught in a paradox. My father didn't drink (a little schnapps on shabbos, gone in a blink) and neither did I; he was a dutiful breadwinner, earnest in his work, and so was I, give or take the moments of insolvency any writer is heir to.

He's got his hata pale yellow golf hat for our summer visit, a formal fedora for the winter, the kind the FBI used to wear before they started passing as hippies and stoned collegians. "Come on, let's go for a walk," I suggest as soon as I see my wife and the kids sinking into torpor on his roommate's bed in the room on the fourth floor. This time we have brought him a little radio with earphones because the room-mate complains about noise, any and all, after 8:30 and the management will not "mix in," either out of scrupulous fairness or their (correct) suspicion that reason is destined for defeat here among the elderly with their habits that have turned to stone.

Billy thought about this for a while, staring vacantly at the sugar bowl. " He turned, looking through the glass of the kitchen door over to a new brick house across the street which looked exactly like his own. "Anyway, I've got to advertise, Marvin says. " He scratched his bald head and ranged his gray eyes over at his wife. She pursed her lips. "Have it run as a news item in the Pilotville paper," she said. " Her husband thought about this. He could count on Tilda for a clear-cut vision to the heart of any problem.

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