By Gordon Weaver
In a unique profession that has yielded 4 novels, ten tale collections, and a quantity of poetry, Gordon Weaver has maintained a particular literary voice that, regardless of its consistently recognizable presence, by no means fails to shock longtime readers of his paintings. His most sensible tales someway be capable to be witty and lethal critical on the comparable time.Last Stands provides humans at an important moments of their lives, the moments within which final demanding situations are faced, final questions are requested, and definitive judgments are made. Weaver’s characters might flounder, and fail, yet they're redeemed via their braveness and their honesty.A employed murderer ponders his self worth, a bartender takes his basically likelihood for worldly good fortune, a guy buries his mom, one other talks with the useless, yet one more attends his highschool reunion made up our minds on vindication, and a war-weary Vietnam vet unearths a spot he can name domestic. those are tales that don't shun the darker aspect of Weaver’s characters, yet search the illumination of the insights had to make their lives significant, if in basic terms to themselves.
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Yeah. But how well off I am to be out of it. I could hug myself I’m so lucky. Half of them don’t think one thought from one day into the next. ” He meant all of them: the drifting, directionless ones, and the solid, stationary, stagnating ones who lacked his vision and sense of movement as well. He was only a tad kinder in his thoughts toward his family than to the others. The White Elephant 39 Ray came out from behind the bar, and while Francie watched him through the smoke from her cigarette, he circulated among his friends and customers, welcoming, shaking hands, accepting congratulations.
Then Gruber gave his pistol to Mikey and they walked quickly back to their car. They said nothing until they were back on the freeway. Mikey removed the silencers from the pistols, packed pistols and silencers back into the briefcase between his feet. Then he lit a cigarette and said, “How old would you guess him for? ” “Forty, forty-five,” Gruber said. He squirmed to find a comfortable position on the seat for his hemorrhoids. “Dumb jerk,” Mikey said. “Now that’s not our call to make, is it,” Gruber said.
He claimed he could make a fortune just playing bumper pool with strangers who didn’t know his skill, as people did in his father’s tavern. Ray said he’d see about it. Franklin, the smallest man in the bar at five feet two inches, took Ray’s arm and pulled him aside. “Listen, Ray,” he said. “There’s some big son of a bitch there near the door. Standing talking to your brother Tobin. There. I never saw him before. I come walking to the bar for change from Billy Pat for the machine, he steps on my toe.