Come Sunday (Basic) by Isla Morley

By Isla Morley

WINNER OF THE JANET HEIDINGER KAFKA PRIZE FOR FICTION FINALIST FOR THE COMMONWEALTH PRIZEAbbe is a stressed younger mom residing at the outskirts of Honolulu together with her husband, Greg, the pastor at a small church. Their lives are all at once riven by way of tragedy whilst their three-year-old daughter, Cleo, is struck and killed via vehicle. As Greg turns to God and neighborhood for convenience, Abbe turns inward and displays upon her personal past.  Isla Morley brilliantly weaves the tale of Abbe’s grief with a gripping story of her tempestuous youth in apartheid South Africa---and how Abbe’s father, a villainous under the influence of alcohol, held her family members hostage for many years along with his rage, till they ultimately started to plot their break out from him. Come Sunday is a spellbinding drama a couple of lady breaking freed from her grief and of her prior, and what it takes to restore desire whilst all turns out lost. 

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Daddy and I are talking,” I say. ” “I said, not now,” I reply. The toilet flushes and Greg reemerges. ” Which is what does it. The argument is explosive and brief, and Greg picks up Cleo, who begins to cry, and takes her and the decapitated Barbie out to the garden. Upstairs, I slam the bedroom door, take two slugs from the NyQuil bottle, and get into bed. Pulling the covers over my head, I do the arithmetic, but every calculation ends with us further in the red. IT IS PAST NOON when I wake up, my cheek damp in the pool of drool on my pillow.

Nothing a bottle of Glenlivet and my wife’s undaunted cheer won’t cure. But you take care of that cold now—let the preacher take care of you for a while. ” After hanging up, I turn up the TV’s volume. The white-haired man is the author of Under Currents, the true-life story of a freak boating accident off the coast of Maine that cost him the lives of both his sons, his marriage, and his career in the attorney general’s office. The strangest thing, he remarks, is that his wife told him not to take the boys out sailing that day, even though the weather was the finest it had been in a month.

Gillian, Abbe here from across the way. ” “Oh, dear Lord. ” Gillian doesn’t need to name the specific “she” to whom she refers; it is pronounced as a proper noun, thereby confirming my suspicion: Mrs. Chung. “She’s upset about him—ahem—defecating on her front lawn. ” “Gillian, our dog is enclosed in a yard. It’s our lawn he shits on,” I say, choosing a word I know will set Gillian’s sanctified soul on edge. ” “You know she is mad at me because I won’t stop giving Mr. ” “Yes. Well. She feels that this sort of thing encourages the, um, how shall we say?

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