By Alix Kates Shulman
A good, unflinching mirrored image at the which means of kin, from the writer of the bestselling novel Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen
Alix Kates Shulman wasn’t watching for aiding her getting older mom and dad fresh out their condo and get ready for the ultimate years in their lives. She had fled suburban Cleveland at age twenty to carve out her personal lifestyles in manhattan urban. yet as she started dismantling their condominium of 40 years, the duty developed right into a necessary studying event she could by no means forget.
Shulman discovers the lives of 2 colourful, vivid humans from whom she remained far-off whereas pursuing a literary profession. She unearths herself grappling with remorse and looking redemption within the look for what it capacity to be an excellent daughter. With heat and perception, Shulman sheds mild on a posh, painful occasion that many adults ultimately face—the ultimate journey home.
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The humming mounted; the bees stormed out in greater numbers, like cavalry making sorties from a besieged fortress. The workmen sweltered beneath the July sun in padded jackets and canvas gloves. The cats clamored to go out. At some point the extermination began to take effect. Soon there were no bees by the back door. Then, in a coordinated assault, the landlord drilled a second hole in the office wall, and the two of us sprayed in more bug killer in unison. Along with the cans of Bee Gone, he’d brought along a sprayer, the kind with a pump that you see in old cartoons, with no markings on it, but he didn’t use that yet.
I stayed behind to help with the lights. Outside it was still raining. “You’re never going to get a taxi,” the photographer told me. We looked at each other. Her eyes were blue but looked black because of her makeup. I don’t remember whether F. was down in the city that night. She may have been traveling. Regardless of where she was, she’d put no pressure on me to come home and would be unlikely to question me too closely even if I were to walk in while the neighborhood parents were seeing their kids off to preschool in the street below.
She was so listless I had to scoop her out of the carrier. She rose unsteadily and looked about her, then drank a little water before stumbling off to the spot by the radiator where she liked to sleep. I watched her through the day. Did she always sleep this long? Did her stomach look swollen, or was that just because it was shaved? ) Shouldn’t she be drinking more? I was used to sick people. All through my teens my mother and grandfather took turns trooping in and out of the hospital like the allegorical figures in those clocks you see looming over town squares all over Germany.
A Good Enough Daughter: A Memoir by Alix Kates Shulman