Growing out of a spellbinding “Modern Love” column in the New York Times, a fresh, wrenching story of young love and mortality.
As a teenager, Elizabeth Scarboro imagined an adventurous future for herself in which she would live all over the world, and settling down was out of the... read more
“And maybe it was simpler than all this – I fell in love with him, the way you do, and it stuck.”
“It would take years for me to understand the future he was making room for.”
“And we would pay attention the way we used to, when life had not been a series of routines and escapes from them, but a thick foreign landscape that swallowed us and kept us feeling alive. This was why we were together in the first place, and we had made it back here. All we had to do was get out of the car.”
“He was going to want me to live and I didn’t feel like it.”
“But in the end, the illness would call my bluff. I couldn’t go live by myself in Alaska, and then come around to being with Stephen. Alaska would be there. In comparison to Stephen, most things would be there. If I wanted to try being with him, I had to hurry up.”