By Beth Lordan
For thirty-some years, Lyle has made a existence for his relations operating as an accountant. but if he retires, his Irish-born spouse, Mary, desires to go away the US and pass domestic -- the place the sea is close to and the butter has style. a little grudgingly, Lyle is of the same opinion, yet in the course of their years in Galway, they become aware of that the surprises of lifestyles will not be over. Going house is extra complex than butter and the bay, and thirty content material years doesn't suggest couple is resistant to romantic intrigue. during this new lifestyles, whereas Mary and Lyle are rediscovering one another and development a richer existence jointly, an unforeseen occasion forces Lyle to come to a decision the place his domestic actually is. informed in "quiet tales with feelings like previous stepping-stones that experience sunk underneath the outside" (Christian technological know-how Monitor), Beth Lordan's evocative and heartfelt novel explores the complicated emotional terrain of mature marital relationships.
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So Lyle had his say about the sewage situation, and about the artist types who’d fought the treatment plant, and how they also wanted to pass an ordinance banning certain colors of paint on the houses—“Infantile color combinations, they say,” Lyle said. She’d have preferred other conversation, but Gilbert seemed to enjoy it, and Lyle was making an effort. ” “Twenty-two,” Gilbert said. “Legal,” Lyle said. ” “Sure,” Gilbert said, and Lyle took the bottle from the cupboard over the sink and poured two small ones and handed one to Gilbert, who held up the glass, smiled, said “Cheers,” and drank it down.
Go on and wash your hands,” she said, “and I’ll have the tea by the time 32 B u t C o m e Y e B a c k you’re back. ” She did have the tea ready and the plate of biscuits (she’d bought extra, so she’d a nice selection, and a few sweets as well, knowing how boys were) waiting on the counter when Gilbert came back down the hall, and he and Lyle sat at the table. “There then,” she said, taking her own place, and Gilbert unfolded his napkin on his lap and said, “It looks great, Mrs. Sullivan,” and took some slaw and salad and a slice of bread.
As he passed one of the schools, he could hear a few horns behind the building—kids preparing for the parade. Small family groups were slowly walking toward the parade route. Many people had small bunches of shamrock pinned to their coats. Children carried tricolors, and a few older boys had their faces painted green. He headed for the Salmon Weir Bridge, 57 B e t h L o r d a n meaning to walk around the college and then circle back and maybe see the parade, maybe run into Mark and Laura. As he was waiting for the trafﬁc to pass, he glanced down one of the side streets and saw Mark.