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By Larry Watson

ISBN-10: 1571318461

ISBN-13: 9781571318466

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Dunbar provided us with plenty of instruction on the ice. But until we came of age, we stood along the sidelines with the rest of the spectators—at least fifty people would often show up to watch the weekend games. Even when there was little chance we’d be invited to play, though, we always came prepared. We wore our skates, our supporters and cups (we called them “cans”), and we wrapped newspapers or magazines around our shins. Finally, when we were sixteen, we were allowed to take part in the competition.

Calling uninvited on Thanksgiving generally would have been perceived as rude in Willow Falls, but not at the Dunbar home. A few of the older people in the community still referred to the Dunbars’ grand Victorian mansion on the edge of town as the Gardiner place, after the wealthy merchant who built the house early in the twentieth century. But shortly after moving in, Dr. Dunbar had an addition built onto the house, and it was there that he practiced with George McLaughlin, the doctor who took the young Rex Dunbar into his practice, bringing the Dunbars to Willow Falls.

Besides, I often picked up a few juicy rumors about our town’s mostly respectable citizens, some of them parents of my schoolmates. She said good-bye and handed the receiver to me so I could walk it back to the cradle. ” I asked. It was a good bet. My mother usually concluded her day talking with Sadie Pruitt, even if the two of them had just worked the evening shift together at Palmer’s. ” “Mrs. Greiner,” my mother corrected. “She said a young woman got herself shot today. ” “They brought her to Dr.

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