The Roanoke Times

Caring for Tommy

By Notable Narratives July 7, 2008

Narratives about aging, like Beth Macy’s “Caring for Tommy,” follow a predictable path. Injury or illness (here, West Nile virus) precipitates a cascade of decline. Tommy Rhodes’ mental deterioration leaves him unable to care for himself or to recognize his … Read more

Far from Home

By Notable Narratives January 17, 2007

Our favorite section in this piece is that in which the main character, Leonardo, unwittingly drops some money in a courthouse; later a guard returns it to him. Leonardo is awed at the guard’s honesty. We wondered if Contreras had … Read more