By Alice McDermott
The 3 teenagers of an Irish-American family members in manhattan are witnesses to the cycles of dissatisfaction, bitterness and ordinary affection that make up the lives in their prolonged family.
A delicate, unhappy and humorous publication from the writer of the nationwide booklet Award-nominated That Night and Charming Billy.
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I guess he got over ahead of me," the lad exclaimed, and he peered sharply about. " At that instant Tom tripped over a plank and went down full length, making quite a racket. When he picked himself up he was surprised to see the man he was after dart from inside a big box and start for the fence, near a point where there were some packing−cases piled up, making a good approach to the barrier. The fugitive had been hiding, waiting for a chance to escape, and Tom's fall had alarmed him. "Here! Hold on there!
The match burned Tom's fingers and he dropped it. The darkness closed in once more, but Tom was used to it by this time, and looking ahead of him he could make out that the shed was an open one, similar to the one where he had taken shelter. He could see the sky studded with stars, and could feel the cold night wind blowing in. " he exclaimed in alarm. " Our hero thrust his hand into his pocket. The papers were gone! Hurriedly he lighted another match. It took but an instant to glance rapidly about the small shed.
I'll get to Albany pretty nearly on time, anyhow. " He rode into Pompville, and on inquiring in a plumbing shop managed to get a bit of copper wire that answered better than did the galvanized piece from the fence. The readjustment was quickly made, and he was on his way again. As it was getting close to noon he stopped near a little spring outside of Pompville and ate a sandwich, washing it down with the cold water. Then he started for Centreford. As he was coming into the city he heard an automobile behind him.