Thursday, April 04, 2013

Boomer Lit Friday: Guy and Hugh Talking from “Waiting for Lindy”


Boomer Lit Friday is a project by a Goodreads group to introduce readers to works of fiction of particular interest to Baby Boomers. These books feature characters in their fifties and sixties dealing with real life issues. Every Friday the Boomer Lit Friday Blog will list a selection of short, relevant excerpts for readers to enjoy.

On a foggy Cape Cod evening, Guy, a retired fisherman, waits for his lover to drive down from Boston as he talks with his son Hugh about life and love.

From My Last Romance in My Last Romance & other passions: Eight Love Stories:


He measures French Roast into the pleated paper liner and pours water from the plastic jug into the back of the machine. It’s fully dark out now. The only sound is the incoming tide sucking at the pilings, the moan of the foghorns, and the drip of the coffee.
"I did love your Mom, Hugh. And I expect we were happy most of the time. We fought some and there were times when I wondered what in hell I’d gotten myself into. But I was off on Georges Bank a lot. It was pretty much always the same... When I’d be heading out I was happy as hell to get away from the house and by the time I got back I was damn glad your Mom and you kids were there waiting for me. It wasn’t perfect—but it was good."
Hugh swivels back and forth in his chair. "You never cheated on her?"
The coffee hasn’t finished dripping but Guy decides he can’t wait—where the hell did that come from? Swiftly switching an empty cup for the half filled pot he pours steaming coffee into his mug switches them back and adds the little bit in the cup to his mug. He opens his bottom desk drawer and fetches the bottle of bourbon he keeps there for emergencies. This is starting to feel like an emergency. He adds a shot to his mug.



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9 comments:

Sandy Nachlinger said...

Your first paragraph really sets the mood. I love the way you show Guy stalling before he answers his son's question. Good writing.

Mary Anne Benedetto said...

The tension builds as he is put on the spot to come up with an answer! Interesting!!

Michael Murphy said...

Loved the tension and emotion of the scene. Nicely done.

John Klawitter said...

Excuse: For some reason my Kindle isn't tied to my online amazon account. This is the only reason I haven't yet bought MLR. I'll try again tomorrow. I promise.

Lillian T. Wade said...

Sounds like we already know the answer to Hugh's question.

Kathleen Valentine said...

Thanks, everyone. This book will be free for Kindle next weekend!

Linda Lange said...

An emergency indeed! I have to find out what happens! Will definitely take advantage of the free offer ... THANK YOU!

Shelley Lieber said...

Nicely done. Feeling the tension...

Claude Nougat said...

Excellent...one wants to read on, well-chosen excerpt!

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