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During the late fall and winter, the lights shone through the barren trees and illuminated his bedroom as he lay in bed waiting for sleep. When he woke up in the dark morning and returned home at night, the lights were a kind of surrogate sun. Bobby jogged up the brick path around the house. Before reaching the driveway, he heard voices. He stopped in the shadows, peering through the side window into the garage. The ceiling lightbulb, yellow and dim, cast odd shadows on his father—a “ﬁne attorney,” as family friends ◆ 27 often called him.
The trunk slammed shut. ” Christopher said. “No, not tonight,” his father said. ” “Stevie’s family always has pizza for—” “Enough,” his father snapped, “enough . . ” He walked out of the garage. “Christopher, help your big brother bring in the garbage pails, then wash up. ” Bobby watched his father disappear around the corner of the house to the back door, then he put a hand on Christopher’s shoulder. ” ◆ 28 Christopher nodded. “Don’t worry about it,” Bobby said. ” Together they walked to the end of the driveway and carried the empty garbage cans into the garage, setting them along the wall.
He wished he had nicer clothes. At the back of the closet, Ivan found a hanger with a pressed pair of navy-blue corduroy pants, a neatly tailored white shirt, and a burgundy tie. On the closet ﬂoor, he kicked away some rumpled clothing, uncovering a shoe box. He opened the top and pulled out black loafers. Ivan reached his arms into the shirt, the starched material feeling cold against his skin. He stepped into the pants, pulled on a pair of argyle socks, then wedged his feet into the stiff loafers.