Sunday, September 23, 2018

the last book I ever read (Janesville: An American Story by Amy Goldstein, excerpt thirteen)

from Janesville: An American Story by Amy Goldstein:

When Chris guns the engine, it is 11:54 p.m. in Fort Wayne, except that Matt is not the only one who stays on Janesville time, so the dashboard clock on the Grand Prix says 10:54. Chris started working at Fort Wayne on August 17, 2009, seven months before Matt. Chris will never forget that day. His wife and kids along to help him move, except that he doesn’t like to say he has “moved,” so he says that he “stays” in Fort Wayne. Anyhow, his family left on Monday morning when he went to the plant for orientation, which was during first shift, so he was back in his new apartment by 3:30 that afternoon, and he sat on a chair from a cheap dinette set they’d just gotten, staring at a wall. Alone. His wife and kids already back in Janesville. One of the worst feelings of his life.

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