Henry has trouble figuring out what to do. Often he stays in bed all day or spends hours looking at a book while not retaining what he has read. When the sun comes out, he goes outside and scrapes paint from the side of the house or clears tangles of vines from the backyard. At night he wanders through the city, hitchhiking out to the middle of nowhere and walking back. Often he imagines running into Mercy, and he wonders what he would say to her.
One Saturday afternoon he walks down to the river, where two boys pull a flatbed boat ashore after giving up on their day’s fishing....
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