By Joe R. Lansdale
Jack Catcher's mom and dad are dead--his mother died of a disorder and his dad of a damaged heart--and he desires to get out of Oklahoma, the place dirt storms have killed every little thing eco-friendly and hopeful. So while former classmate Jane Lewis and her little brother, Tony, appear in his backyard with plans to thieve a lifeless neighbor's vehicle and make a holiday for Texas, Jack does not want a lot convincing to compliment them. yet a run-in with one of many era's such a lot infamous gangsters places a crimp in Jane's plan, and shortly the 3 teenagers are driving the rails between hoboes, gangsters, and con males, racing to warn a carnival-wrestler-turned-bank-robber of the chance headed towards him swifter than a black snow fall at the prairie horizon. This highway journey event is a colourful experience via Depression-era America.
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I said. “She reads books,” Tony said, as if it was a thing he couldn’t really explain. “That’s true,” she said, “and someday I’m going to write for a real fine newspaper. The problem is I can’t type. I’m going to find a school somewhere that can teach me, and then I’m going to be a journalist. ” “Journalist. That’s what they call them that type on typewriters for newspapers,” Tony said. He looked proud of himself for knowing that. “Right now,” Jane said, “I’m getting me and Tony out of this gritty hell.
Inside, they collapsed on the floor. Jane unwrapped her face and shook her head, snapping sand across the room. When she was through doing that, her dark brown hair fell down to her shoulders, and even dirty as she was, I noted she looked pretty good, though I took into consideration her family’s reputation and watched for lice. I got a rag that wasn’t as gritty as some of the others and shook it out. I got some water from a bucket and soaked it a little. I took it over to Tony and pulled the covering off his face and wiped him down with it.
I think it was all that reading she did. In her mouth, words were as sweet as candy or as sharp as razors, and she could switch from one to the other in midstream. She was one of them kind that loved to hear herself talk. What I didn’t know was Jane and Tony’s mama had run off with a Bible salesman, and their daddy, not long after, had a tractor accident while trying to plow out some rows, long after there was any chance of things growing. Way Jane explained it, their dad was real stubborn, right up until the time his Poppin’ Johnny tractor rocked over and caught him under it and squashed him like a bug.
All the Earth, Thrown to the Sky by Joe R. Lansdale