Tuesday, January 7, 2020

the last book I ever read (The Yellow House: A Memoir by Sarah M. Broom, excerpt fourteen)

from National Book Award winner The Yellow House: A Memoir by Sarah M. Broom:

The road, red like rust, seemed like a video game. Phil Collins was playing on a cassette tape the whole while we flew by boys driving motors with baseball caps for helmets and a man on a bicycle with a door balanced on his head. We swerved wildly to avoid potholes, driving onto small bits of sidewalk where people knew not to walk. Some drivers sat behind steering wheels on the left sides of cars; others were on the right. Phil Collins sang on: “One more night. Give me just one more night …” At first I thought the driver played him to him make me feel comfortable hearing a language I knew, but Phil blared from rolled-down car windows everywhere and would be sung on karaoke nights from stages where live bands performed covers. The men who worked for Alexis were singing the song now, too. People here loved Phil Collins. By the end, I would like him, too.

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