“With the exception of absentees—partiers laid up by the 24 hour flu and boys who’d decided that a paper diploma meant less than legit offers for mill shifts—nervous excitement rippled across 176 Grade 11 bodies for two mornings starting on a Monday in mid-October. On the first, the Principal granted boys freedom from classes in order to take a test, a diversion “not mandatory but highly recommended.” Girls made their way to one of three assigned rooms on the next. Knock, knock: the future had just dropped by”:
The good folks at Plenitude Magazine selected and posted a couple of shorter chapters from From Up River and For One Night Only. Feel free to peruse those excerpts here.