Young Adrian Belvedere flees the dwelling in panic, bowling through lumberyard workers at the entrance to the El that will take him to Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York's largest borough. With his heart pumping fearfully, he wrestles with a demon on the night-blanketed sand tormented by the urge to drown himself. There's no other choice. The excruciating shame of having been caught entwined naked with Monique's ravishing mother, Maureen Vandermeer, the neighborhood Jezebel, by his girl friend herself was too much to bear; too much to explain away, as if he--or anyone else on earth who's caught in that same situation--could ever explain away or even try to. Then the image of Monique's brother, Reggie, Adrian's best friend, entered his terror-filled psyche: what would he do when he found out?
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Published July 10, 2006
Literature & Fiction.