When Larry’s first wife left him, he wept a bit and went to bed but then he had to get back to work. Eventually, he began to date, but he didn’t like playing the field. For about a year he had an affair with an older woman who owned an art gallery. That came to an end and he married his secretary, Billie. When Billie left him, he went to bed and stayed there so long that finally the office called and said they were sorry and they hoped he would feel better soon but in the meantime were going to have to let him go. Billie got worried and started bringing him casseroles and carrot cake.
About the Author
Kelly Cherry is the author of 20 books of fiction, poetry, memoir, essay, and criticism. Her fiction has appeared in Best American Short Stories and New Stories from the South. Her story “The Piano Lesson” appeared in last year’s summer fiction issue.