It would be ten years before the narrator again saw William Maxwell, though they wrote each other occasionally during those years. As she is working on the memoir about her mother, she muses about the grief experienced by Bill and by her mother when, as children, each had a parent suddenly die; and of the profound effect on their subsequent lives. Bill tells her of his suicide attempt when he had been friends with her parents in the 1920’s. She has a last meeting with him a few months before his death in 2000. “When I feel the sun on my face, I will think of you,” she tells him.
Next week: My Mother’s Story