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Nicholas approached the door. "Jessie?" His voice was soft and unrecognizable.
There was no reply. "How are you, Jess?" Pause. "Dear?" Hooker watched his
father's back. It looked tense, and it was pressing forward in such a way that it
seemed to be trying to meet the breast bone in front of it. Nicholas got right to the
door and stood up straight before it — not like someone listening or about to
enter the room beyond, but like someone actually addressing the door, as though
the door ...
He turned, and letting the door stand fully open, he said, "Couldn't I get you a
glass of water or something, Mama?" She shifted very slightly. Her neck revolved.
"No. Close the door," she said. He watched her for one last second. Her eyes
closed. She paled. "Go a — way!" she said. Her voice rose, and then she rose
herself. "God — damn — you — Hooker! Get out of here!" Clutching at the crucifix,
she made her way toward him, as though she must be angry. Why was she angry
"The mere idea that you were ever — inside of me . . ." Jessica's voice had gone
dead. "I can't bear you . . . Don't you — won't somebody understand that? I hate
you!" By now Iris was at the door. "Gil," she said. "Gilbert?" "Open the door," said
Jessica. "Open the door." The key was turned. Hooker, with his cats, was now
standing by the green folds of the living-room drapes and could just make out the
edge of Gilbert's shirted shoulder and his head. And then Iris passed in and
closed the ...
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LibraryThing ReviewAvis d'utilisateur - lkernagh - LibraryThing
Set in the summer months of 1964, the story is about a well-to-do family of breeding residing in a wealthy neighborhood in Ontario. 11-year old Hooker Winslow is surrounded by his family, a family ... Consulter l'avis complet
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I've read this novel twice. It is a remarkable first novel; Findley lived up to this beginning and then some during his lifetime. The main character is both hero and victim even while he victimizes ... Consulter l'avis complet
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