Thursday, March 19, 2020

the last book I ever read (Cabbagetown by Hugh Garner, excerpt eleven)

from Cabbagetown by Hugh Garner:

Unknown to anyone else in the family she had turned in an insurance policy on young Donald, and with the nine dollars she received had bought him a Toronto Maple Leaf hockey sweater and a hockey stick, and a needlework set and a cheap copy of Little Women for Margaret.

She had not known what to get for George, who now sat in his chair in the front room, neither smoking nor reading, a shadow of his former self, seemingly unaware of what went on around him. He wore none of his clothing out, and needed nothing, so she bought him a package of gum and some five-cent chocolate bars.

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