Saturday, June 27, 2015

the last book I ever read (Sally Mann's Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs, excerpt six)

from Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs by Sally Mann:

The modest wedding ceremony, which, according to the newspaper accounts, “surprised their many friends,” was held on June 12, 1909, at Saranac Lake, New York.

Five months later Julie Keller Evans died of tuberculosis in his arms.

Their honeymoon and married life together, it turns out, had been spent at a sanatorium. She died on her twenty-ninth birthday. On that page of her daily calendar, carefully saved by my grieving grandfather, she noted in her unwavering handwriting, “I don’t have any more birthdays.”

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