The Slippage: A Novel

By Ben Greenman

The Slippage is a wry, wistful story of marriage, lust, and disconnection from Ben Greenman, the significantly acclaimed writer of What He’s Poised to Do.

William Day needs to confront a few uncomfortable truths approximately his lifestyles and his destiny whilst his spouse Louisa asks him to construct her condo. The take-it-or-leave-it call for turns into all of the tougher to swallow whilst he reveals himself grappling with a prior recklessness, an ex-girlfirend’s son he considers his personal, and his personal desires for what lies ahead.

Sure to entice all people who has ever been in love and had their middle damaged, The Slippage stocks uncanny truths approximately intimacy and glossy relationships.

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For a short time I simply couldn’t,” she acknowledged. Then Christopher’s father have been piloting a small aircraft from Miami to the Bahamas while it crashed into the sea. “It’s unlike he used to be around,” she stated. “He didn’t wish something to do with us. yet this can be so everlasting. ” Her reduce lip trembled. He had by no means obvious her so on the subject of crying. For a short while they have been jointly back. William learn the newspaper to the boy and fed him from a bottle and held him often adequate that for the remainder of his existence he will be capable of take into accout the new little physique with its fast, rabbity heartbeat. while William and Louisa obtained again jointly, Karla wrote herself out of the scene, even though they nonetheless met two times a yr to mark the passage of time on every one other’s faces. “Move your elbow,” Karla acknowledged, pointing up on the waitress. “She’s attempting to provide you with your iced tea. ” “Thanks, Mom,” William stated. “You wish,” Karla stated. “Speaking of which,” William acknowledged, “I have a narrative. ” He have been on the park a number of weeks prior to and had noticeable Christopher via the basketball courts, ringed through acquaintances. while William had waved, the boy had lower back a stiff opposite nod, chin lifted from chest as though by means of advisor cord. Karla laughed. “Ten years previous and already treats you're keen on a colleague. ” “I may possibly use a guy like him down on the workplace. ” “How’s it going over there, besides? ” “Been better,” he acknowledged. “But issues are tricky in all places. ” “True,” Karla stated, blushing a piece simply because she had no proposal. She used to be residing in a wide apartment within the better part of city and casually courting a tender filmmaker, additionally independently prosperous, who took her on ski vacation trips two times a yr and used to be instructing Christopher to experience a horse. “And how’s the house entrance? ” “Ah, the house front,” William stated. “Smooth? Bumpy? Who can say? Louisa’s brother moved to city. She threw a celebration for him after which refused to return out. ” “For how lengthy? ” “The complete social gathering. ” “Hmm,” Karla stated. “The party’s no longer the single thing,” William stated, after which needed to imagine if it used to be. “I imagine she may be hoarding the mail. ” “Hoarding? ” “Squirreling it away. i discovered baggage of it in the home, hidden in corners. ” “Is she depressed? ” Karla, particular in such a lot of issues, defaulted to the vaguest language while it got here to the emotions of others. “I don’t imagine so,” William acknowledged. “The different day, she drove me out to a plot of land in the midst of nowhere. ” “Sounds like a mob hit. ” “Turns out it’s land she owns. We personal. ” “Congratulations,” she acknowledged. “I guess,” he stated. “I stood there in entrance of the land and felt empty. ” “It’s an investment,” Karla acknowledged. “But in what? ” “In your future,” she stated. “I desire you didn’t make her consider undesirable approximately it. ” “Sometimes humans position the longer term among themselves and the present,” he stated. “I’m attempting to determine how one can make issues paintings now. If I do this, then the future’s simply the sound of that very same word maintaining. ” “That’s beautiful,” Karla stated. the belief was once anything William had obtained from undefined, which didn’t make it much less attractive. William paid, as constantly.

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