"Three years ago, when my son was still in college and my daughter lived across the Bay, my wife packed her car with her clothes and things, discussed with me her reasons for taking half the savings and, after a farewell which I cannot recall verbatim, she left..."
In this short story, which won a Chicago Tribune Nelson Algren Award, a retired schoolteacher in his sunset years, gets his first glimpse at the failures in his life, cracking a window open to everything and everyone outside.
Listeners are bound to find hints of John Williams' classic novel Stoner throughout this introspective and award-winning short story by Mark Ernest Pothier. Like the titular character from the American classic, Potheir's protagonist is an educator taking a hard look at the life he's lead. Veteran narrator John McLain takes on the challenge of performing this story, and lets his deep, casual tone put the listener right in the backyard with Jim as he tries to maintain his simple way of life, undisturbed by outside influences.
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