By Lionel Shriver
Following the dying of her beneficial liberal mom and dad, Corlis McCrea strikes again into her family's grand Reconstruction mansion in North Carolina, willed to all 3 siblings. Her timid more youthful brother hasn't ever left domestic. whilst her bullying black-sheep older brother strikes into "his" residence besides, it's war.
Each inheritor desires the home. but to shop for the opposite out, siblings needs to crew opposed to one. simply as in girlhood, Corlis is torn among allying with the good yet anxious youngest and the iconoclastic eldest, who covets his legacy to smash it. A completely sturdy Family is a beautiful exam of inheritance, literal and mental: what we take from our mom and dad, what we discard, and what we're caught with, love it or no longer.
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You will be afraid of how much you hate me. You will never be alone. Male: [hand on the doorknob] Yeah? Female: Yeah. 45 Male: [turning the doorknob] So what. Female: [wiggling her toes & looking at them] I think you will miss me. [The man looks at the doorknob a long moment-then alternates between the doorknob & her face. ] 46 don't give up & die, don't push me into the blackness, no, life is impossible, we agree, stay with me in hiding, exile together is better than death, they won't find us, they won't mock at you again, they won't kick me again, we'll float above them, we'll feed each other with fruits they don't know how to find, we won't speak their language anymore, our lungs will fill with light james chapman Your days are spent digging chalk & breaking slate.
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35 The Counselor sat leaning forward in a chair, head down, fingertips pressed together. Dad & Mom had their heads down, too. I didn't want to look at them. The Principal stood in front of his desk, looking serious & decisive. "We've tried," the Principal said. "We've tried the things that usually work. " He took me gently by the arm & led me from my chair to a door in the back corner of his office. I had never been through it & did not know what was beyond it. Dad & Mom & the Counselor followed us through the door & down a long cream-colored corridor that led into a second corridor.