The Bird Skinner; Alice Greenway
Atlantic Monthly Press - Jan 2014
Fox Island, Penobscot Bay, Maine. July 1973
" Jim wedges the chair into the kitchen doorway, forcing the screen door open, lights his third or fourth cigarette. The doctors told him not to. Cut down on the drink, right down, and the smoking altogether. To hell with that. He lost the leg anyhow.
The nicotine leaves him edgy and overly alert. An irascibility that's hard to burn off, struck as he is in a wheelchair. He could use a drink is the truth of it but he'll hold off for now. It's the least he can do--not meet the girl half drunk."
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