All the Earth, Thrown to the Sky by Joe R. Lansdale

By Joe R. Lansdale

Jack Catcher's mom and dad are dead--his mother died of a disease and his dad of a damaged heart--and he desires to get out of Oklahoma, the place dirt storms have killed every little thing eco-friendly and hopeful. So whilst former classmate Jane Lewis and her little brother, Tony, appear in his backyard with plans to scouse borrow a lifeless neighbor's automobile and make a holiday for Texas, Jack does not want a lot convincing to compliment them. yet a run-in with one of many era's such a lot infamous gangsters places a crimp in Jane's plan, and shortly the 3 young children are driving the rails between hoboes, gangsters, and con males, racing to warn a carnival-wrestler-turned-bank-robber of the risk headed towards him quicker than a black snowstorm at the prairie horizon. This highway journey event is a colourful experience via Depression-era America.

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She never missed telling me she loved me. I tried to remember if I had told her I loved her before she died. I wanted to believe I had. When I was young, when it rained, I didn’t like the lightning and the thunder, and she would lie down beside me and tell me it wasn’t nothing more than a bunch of little men throwing balls at bowling pins, and that was the noise I heard, and the fire I seen in the sky was just them lighting their pipes. It seemed so long ago. I couldn’t remember the last time I’d seen a lightning bug.

When we got there, we went around to the front porch, and just like Jane and Tony said, the porch was covered in sand, except where they had made a path to the front door. Old Man Turpin was in his chair, though you couldn’t tell it was him or a chair unless you looked real hard. He was just a big mound of sand mostly the color of Oklahoma, with a bit of Nebraska and a lot of Texas worked in, and I’m pretty sure Kansas was swirled in there too. On the porch I brushed some dirt away from his face, and the first thing I seen was a corncob pipe in his mouth, the bowl all filled with sand.

I lit a lantern and dug by that light. The floor of the barn was dirt and it was packed down hard and tight from when we still had animals walking around on it. I had to work pretty hard at digging until the ground got cracked and I was down a few inches. Then it was soft earth, and I was able to dig quicker. Digging was all I let myself think about, because if I stopped to think about how the only family I had was going down into a hole, I don’t know I could have done it. I wrapped Mama and Daddy in the tarp and dragged them into the hole, side by side, gentle as I could.

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