b. November 11, 1922.
d. April 11, 2007.
I only read a few of his stories in Welcome to the Monkey House, but “Long Walk to Forever” was one of my favorites.
If you have a chance, read it. It’s short and simple, but, wow.
Here is an excerpt:
They had grown up next door to each other, on the fringe of a city, near fields and woods and orchards, within sight of a lovely bell tower that belonged to a school for the blind.
Now they were twenty, had not seen each other for nearly a year. There had always been playful, comfortable warmth between them, but never any talk of love.
His name was Newt. Her name was Catharine. In the early afternoon, Newt knocked on Catharine’s front door.
Catharine came to the door. She was carrying a fat,glossy magazine she had been reading. The magazine was devoted entirely to brides. “Newt!” she said. She was surprised to see him.
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