I Thought You Were Dead

I Thought You Were Dead

Pete Nelson

Language: English

Pages: 264

ISBN: 1565125975

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


For Paul Gustavson, life is a succession of obstacles, a minefield of mistakes to stumble through. His wife has left him, his father has suffered a stroke, his girlfriend is dating another man, he has impotency issues, and his overachieving brother invested his parents’ money in stocks that tanked. Still, Paul has his friends at Bay State bar, a steady line of cocktails, and Stella.

Stella is Paul’s dog. She listens with compassion to all his complaints about the injustices of life and gives him better counsel than any human could. Their relationship is at the heart of this poignantly funny and deeply moving story about a man trying to fix his past in order to save his future.

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Looks,” in Tamsen’s words. He did not have bags under his eyes or wrinkles or frown lines, and his lips were not as thin as those of most Scandinavian men, not the down-turned narrow slits evident on his ancestors’ faces in old family photographs, immigrants in their New Land finery, men and women who never smiled, because their lives were hard and their memories pained them, and because the shutter speeds were so slow back then that you had to assume a pose and freeze for at least five seconds.

“You don’t leave witnesses, you never leave witnesses …” to themselves. Main Street was generally alive, seven days a week and year-round, with trust-fund mendicants, panhandlers and mooches, crow babies and white Rasta kids in Jamaican black, yellow, green, and red knit caps, Goth waifs and death punks who asked for spare change to make “phone calls,” and, one time, a kid squatting on the sidewalk with a sign that read, PARENTS SLAIN BY NINJAS — NEED MONEY FOR KUNG FU LESSONS! He ran past a.

Absorbed and returned all the energy he’d put into distancing himself from her. He recalled something he’d come across, researching Nature for Morons. “Love is a single soul inhabiting two bodies,” Aristotle said. Funny how you never heard much about Mrs. Aristotle. Paul had never felt that way before, but he felt that way now. He was lost in Tamsen, and not in a way that he needed to be found. “There’s so much I want to tell you,” he said. “I had an interesting conversation with my parents …”.

Become the best dog in the whole world. I Thought You Were Dead The Real Stella: A Note from the Author * Questions for Discussion The Real Stella A Note from the Author WHILE, LIKE MOST WRITERS, I use elements from my own life to create a sense of reality in my fiction, most of the characters and events in I Thought You Were Dead were created out of whole cloth. There was, however, a real Stella, and she was not so different from the Stella in the book, half yellow.

Others by clicking to answer yes-or-no questions on their computer screens. If greater motor control returned, patients could eventually click on icons or letters to spell out words. Any stimulation of the speech centers of Harrold’s brain would be therapeutic, promoting neurogenesis and simply helping Harrold relearn how to pay attention. “Maybe you and Dad could instant-message each other,” Carl suggested to Paul. He turned to Beverly. “It’s time you guys got online anyway.” Paul agreed that.

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