Raising Jake Alone

From Part 1, “A Rare Find”

“As we approached the Kansas border, alll I could tune in on the radio was a moralizing talk-show hostess. ‘What did you think would happen when you married an alcoholic? Alcoholism is a disease, Emily, a disease. Do you remember your vows? In sickness and in—.’ I cut her power off midsentence.

‘Amen,’ Jake said. Noise from the Subaru’s leaking windows filled the silence.”

Fortunately Jake was sixteen when we heard that radio broadcast,

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Opening Lines

“These were called the High Plains because they were four thousand feet above sea level. I could feel the altitude in the way the sun sheeted my skin.”

This beautiful photo by Damon Tighe perfectly illustrates these opening lines from The Ogallala Road. “Western Kansas in a Nutshell,” he calls it.

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