It would be easy to fly through the little book, devouring it. Instead, I’m allotting time and space and imagination to each mini-world Lou Beach created for readers. I’m trying to live in each alternate universe for a bit before moving on to the next one.
Here’s a line from the opening page of 420 Characters. It’s a lesson in keeping your chin up and your hopes high:
“I watched lightning hit the apple tree and thought: ‘Fritters!’ as we packed sandbags against the flood.”