The Arrangement: novella.
Eve is a retired, baby boomer, who lives in Eugene, in the Pacific Northwest, Willamette Valley of Oregon. Every year she receives the same letter with a skeleton key with the request that she come to Catalina Island, off the coast of California. Every summer she leaves her home and well tended gardens in the hands of her good friend Vinnie, who lives in the back yard of her property in a canvas yurt. Their relationship for over a decade remains in flux, as both are fiercely; independent people and they enjoy the freedom of a counterculture lifestyle.
Eve is a self made, successful woman who knows her own mind. She comes from a generation of liberated women who supported themselves and sometimes chose careers over having a family. In the early eighties she was drawn out west to Eugene, because it’s been referred to as “a smaller version of San Francisco and Madison WI”, where a strong alternative lifestyle still remains. She reminisces about the good old days of the seventies, when she had her whole life ahead of her, living during an exciting time in American history, where men and women had casual love affairs and didn’t ask for more beyond the moment.
Eve flies to Catalina Island, and turns the key in that door she knows so well. She then spends the summer re-exploring the island and listening to the local people who still speculate about the mystery surrounding the drowning of Natalie Wood that happened in the harbor so many years ago.
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Published December 12, 2013
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