Friday, April 17, 2020

the last book I ever read (Valeria Luiselli's Lost Children Archive: A Novel, excerpt twelve)

from Lost Children Archive: A Novel by Valeria Luiselli:

You asked, what’s the plan now, Swift Feather?, so I told you that the plan was to wait for the picture to develop. Then, again, you said you badly needed water, which I knew, because your lips were all chapped. And I could tell you were close to throwing a tantrum, so I said, okay, okay, we’ll go into the diner. And what’s the plan after that? you asked. I told you the plan was to jump back on that train car after we got something to drink at the diner. I said we’d sleep on the roof on that train, and that the train would probably depart the next morning, heading west, which was the direction to Echo Canyon. I didn’t know what I was talking about, of course, I was just making everything up, but you believed me because you trusted me, and this always made me feel guilty.

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