first off, i need to send a shoutout to nancy at parkdale-and for showing up again at my home branch. we bonded over drew hayden taylor and dany laferriere, and this is her recommendation to round out the reading. i hope we cross paths again so i can give her my card and password to put things on hold for me at her leisure. hug a librarian and trust her every whim.
“Strange. An illiterate. A man constantly chasing words and ideas to corral them, is the stuff of our own life, the keys to vision. Walking down the stairs, watching the bounce of Margo’s hair in the glow from the skylight, I thought about how sad he’d become at the turn of a tale or the giddiness he’d move into when stories shone with ebullient conclusions or the sombre look he offered at tragedy and loss. He taught me how to respond again. To move out of the twilight.” (327)