Re-reading is one of the hazards of seeing a book I loved on sale, so this week I'm re-reading Don't Let Me Go by Catherine Ryan Hyde and loving it just as much this time as the first. Going to have to find more by this author.
Former Broadway dancer and current agoraphobic Billy Shine has not set foot outside his apartment in almost a decade. He has glimpsed his neighbors—beautiful manicurist Rayleen, lonely old Ms. Hinman, bigoted and angry Mr. Lafferty, kind-hearted Felipe, and 9-year-old Grace and her former addict mother Eileen.
But most of them have never seen Billy. Not until Grace begins to sit outside on the building’s front stoop for hours every day, inches from Billy’s patio. Troubled by this change in the natural order, Billy makes it far enough out onto his porch to ask Grace why she doesn’t sit inside where it’s safe. Her answer: “If I sit inside, then nobody will know I’m in trouble. And then nobody will help me.”
Her answer changes everything.
Every time Billy looked out his front sliding-glass door, he saw the ugly, gray L.A. winter afternoon move that much closer to dark. A noticeable difference each time. Then he laughed, and chastised himself out loud, saying, "What did we think, Billy Boy, that that the sunset would change its mind and break with tradition just this one night?"
He looked out again, hiding behind his curtain and wrapping it around himself as he leaned in front of the glass.
The little girl was still there.
He had come out here to ask questions, not to answer them. And yet it had seemed so natural, so inevitable, when the roles reversed on him. In fact, he wondered why he'd ever thought he could be the grown-up in this--or for that matter, any other--conversation.
By the way, I should maybe mention that the movie Pay It Forward was based on one of this author's books.
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