A Multitude of Sins by Richard Ford

By Richard Ford

In each one of those stories grasp storyteller Richard Ford is attracted to the subjects of intimacy, love, and their disasters.
An illicit stopover at to the Grand Canyon unearths a vastness much more profound; an exacting occupation lady celebrates Christmas together with her adamantly post-nuclear kinfolk; a pair weekending in Maine try and recapture the passion that has disappeared, either progressively and abruptly, from their lives; on a spring evening's force, a tender spouse confesses to her husband the affair she had with the host of the banquet they're approximately to join.

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Marcel’s smile cracked. ” “A joke,” she said. ” The waiter appeared. Marcel did not rush to order for himself but instead motioned to Emily. ” She ordered quiche. He said what a great idea quiche was; then he ordered quiche. Emily slid her hands over her head to smooth any stray hairs. ” “Another realization: You are bright. ” His smile opened. Not a grin, not biting. “I’ve decided to cut down my hours at the gallery. My job has made me careless and impatient. I would have been a better boyfriend had I considered you more.

There are American flags on buses, on coats, on bandanas tied around the necks of Golden Retrievers. Hanging from every tree, reflected in every window. Bob Dylan is upbeat. His lip has stopped bleeding and he wants to know, Do I consider myself to be an American Daughter? I have been vaulted from the Thanksgiving table. What’s more American than that? How many people have left their steamfilled homes to drive around and think about old things? I pass car after car. Outside the Slaughterhouse Bar, the pay phone hangs from its cord.

You’d say, Why isn’t your head overlarge? To answer that I offer this: Landry Business Solutions had a Halloween costume party and Tammy came dressed for a regular day at work. She said, I am a serial killer. We look just like everyone else. When you’re alone, you are in the right place to watch sadness approach like storm clouds over an open field. You can sit in a chair and get ready for it. As it moves through you, you can reach out your hands and feel all the edges. When it passes and you can drink coffee again, you even miss it because it has been loyal to you like a boyfriend.

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