Monday, December 24, 2018

the last book I ever read (Rebecca Makkai's The Great Believers, excerpt thirteen)

from National Book Award Finalist The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai:

She expected the film to end right there, but instead, as the laughter died down, the camera lingered uncomfortably on a man collecting his long black hair into a ponytail. On a mother walking by through the last gawkers, pulling her young son by the hand. On Yale and Charlie walking off down the sidewalk, so clearly a couple--inches from each other, but not touching. Around them, a silence as big as the city.

Then the whole film looped again. There they all stood, the Bistro whole. Boys with hands in pockets, waiting for everything to begin.

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