By Michael Cunningham
Meet Peter and Rebecca Harris: mid-forties denizens of Manhattan's SoHo, nearing the apogee of dedicated careers within the arts— he a broker, she an editor. With a spacious loft, a college-age daughter in Boston and vigorous pals, they're admirable, enviable modern urbanites with each cause, it kind of feels, to be at liberty. Then Rebecca's a lot more youthful lookalike brother, Ethan (known within the family members as Mizzy, " the mistake" ), exhibits up for a trip. a stunning, beguiling twenty-three-year-old with a background of drug difficulties, Mizzy is wayward, at unfastened ends, trying to find course. And in his presence, Peter unearths himself wondering his artists, their paintings, his career— the complete international he has so conscientiously built.
By Nightfall is a heartbreaking examine the best way we are living now. filled with shocks and aftershocks, it makes us imagine and think deeply in regards to the makes use of and which means of good looks and where of affection in our lives.
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I see," Macon said. Yes, he was just the k i n d of boy to get ill. " T h e y w a l k e d out of the doctor's. " Muriel called t o E d w a r d , w h o j u m p e d u p b a r k i n g . They got into the car. Macon sat in the back so A l e x a n d e r could go in the front — a long way away from E d w a r d . " D o g s also m a k e him ill," Muriel said. W h e n they came to the Leary house, Muriel said, "Well, let's see now. I ' m w o r k i n g at the M e o w - B o w tomorrow, so I w o n ' t see you until d i n n e r on T h u r s d a y .
In his m i n d he saw a future w i t h o u t E t h a n , a n d he p r e p a r e d himself for it. T h i s was a future with less happiness. But it was also a future w i t h fewer problems. It did not contain the p r o b l e m s w h i c h a small child always brings. A n d t h e n the car stopped a n d E t h a n got his ball. Macon felt a great happiness. " The Accidental Tourist m i n d for a life w i t h o u t E t h a n . P e r h a p s this was w h y Ethan's death was less of a shock later. But if people do not p r e p a r e themselves, h o w can they c o n t i n u e living?
He t u r n e d off the television a n d called a taxi. At Julian's suggestion, he was going to have d i n n e r at the top of an impossibly tall building. Julian seemed to like places like that. T h e taxi stopped at the end of a very d a r k street. M a c o n h u r r i e d towards the great, tall building. He stood at the b o t t o m a n d looked u p and u p and u p . H e r e m e m b e r e d the t i m e w h e n E t h a n f i r s t saw an elephant. T h e child looked up in surprise, p u t t i n g his head further and further back until he fell over.