New Age

Illustration by Alessandro Gottardo

I bought the book for you because I had a crush on both you and Sarah Polley. I didn’t actually read the book but I saw the movie they turned the book into, The Sweet Hereafter, which starred Sarah Polley as the only survivor of a school bus crash that otherwise takes the lives of all the children in a small mountain town in British Columbia. The wintry setting reminded me of you, mornings we’d open up the coffee shop together when you were still baking there, and I thought you’d appreciate the way both the movie and book incorporated the allegory of the Pied Piper.

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