By Anne Rivers Siddons
The 12 months is 1966, a time of innocence, risk, and freedom. And for Atlanta, the rustic, and one girl making her means in a altering international, not anything may be the comparable . . . After an airless formative years in Savannah, Smoky O'Donnell arrives in Atlanta, dazzled and chastened by way of this annoying younger urban at the upward thrust. Her new task as a author with the city's Downtown journal introduces her to many unforgettable humans and propels her into the guts of momentous occasions that might irrevocably regulate her center, her occupation, and her international.
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They ought to just go on and issue them at Confirmation. I put mine in the poor box when I first came to Our Lady of the Eternal Virgins. I’ve got a closet full of these, but I lock it every morning when I leave, and I always wear my raincoat. London Fog is Aone, Popeapproved. Hang on to yours, and lock your closets. ” I said. “It’s not a school. There’s nothing about clothes in that astonishing little rule pamphlet. ” “Not in their eyes. To them we’re lambs who just can’t wait to go out and get shorn, or worse.
She goes to the eleven o’clock when she goes. m. ” She paused and looked at me. The eyes behind the fleshcolored plastic glasses clearly did not believe that I had any friends in Atlanta. “No, I thought I would just…walk around and get to know the city a little bit,” I said lamely. “You’ll find it very quiet on a holiday Sunday,” she said and made as if to leave, and then turned back. “We had thought to meet your father,” she said. “Sister Clementia made a cake, and has waited up, I believe. But I see that he has gone on—” 31 / DOWNTOWN “He had to get back,” I said, the lie sliding out smoothly on a little rush of annoyance.
No, I’m Sister Joan. I’m one of the two weekday sisters. Sister Clementia and Sister Mary James take weekends. I saw them when we changed shifts, though, and they said that you’d spent your first day out with Rachel and come in too late for supper, and I knew then that neither of them would have offered you anything on the side. I’m afraid they’re both convinced that Rachel is their cross to bear on this earth. And I knew you’d be in a hurry to get to your job. What a grand one, too. An editor, now.
Downtown by Anne Rivers Siddons