Wednesday, July 3, 2013

the last book I ever read (CivilWarLand in Bad Decline by George Saunders, excerpt two)

from CivilWarLand in Bad Decline by George Saunders:

All night I have bad dreams about severed hands. In one I’m eating chili and a hand comes out of my bowl and gives me the thumbs-down. I wake up with a tingling wrist. Evelyn says if I insist on sleeping uneasily would I mind doing it on the couch, since she has a family to care for during the day and this requires a certain amount of rest. I think about confessing to her but then I realize if I do she’ll nail me.

The nights when she’d fall asleep with her cheek on my thigh are certainly long past.

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