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A Slipping-Down Life by Anne Tyler

By Anne Tyler


Evie Decker is a shy, a bit plump youngster, lonely and silent. yet her quiet lifestyles is shattered while she hears the voice of Drumstrings Casey at the radio and turns into immediately drawn to him. She manages to fulfill him, bursting out of her lonely shell--and into the attentive gaze of the intangible guy who turns into all too real....

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Across the dark they see their destination, and I wish with all my heart to go there with them: all the library's lights are coming on, silhouetting ancient oak trees, shining through the maze of lifting branches. Page 23 Long Mountain Otter for Temple Martin He is not really local, not a Long Mountain otter or for that matter, though he seems to be smoothly furred in the curved stone, he's neither sleek nor wet. But he looks wet. As if he'd slipped out of water, not been chiseled from dry stone.

But even that statement is under suspicion; those crab cells in your stomach can't move as fast as the car sweeping the curve on Three Chopt Road that will hit me head on and leave me splattered and random on no road of my own. Do I envy your exit? You have moved like a statesman into your long negotiation with death.  Dignified, tall, you stride into the chosen place Potsdam, Yalta, the end of a pier on the Rappahannockand it's clear you hold all the cards. So much of courage is posture.  Yet as one more month crumbles into another, I practice your pain as you dress for the day and wonder if ever you've sneaked in your nightgown down to the curve on Three Chopt Road.

They remind me of the time we strolled by a fork a prong of the river it used to be called listened as it tuned, sat for our picture on a wooden footbridge. Mary Page clicked us smiling in March sun with daffodils by this fork that begins in a spring on Long Mountain and promised us Spring as it played on its way to the James. But didn't you leave out the fork we forgot to beware? You know the one, that tongue that flicks in our ear whispering over and over how easy it is to be happy?  Gnats swarming in your face snuffing up your nose guttering in the liquid of your eye they're doing a fucking dance!

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