Morning for Sokroshera Chapter One
By Timothy Smith, 2020
Morning for Sokroshera Chapter 1
Tim’s novel of Russian America (Kodiak Island area)
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Monday, August 5, 1963: Southeast of Tuba City, Arizona
(Jud Hansen is about to learn that his father has taken a teaching job in Alaska)
Now, in the aftermath of his mother’s death, Judson couldn’t help but notice the slow unraveling of his father’s soul. In March, the day after Judson’s birthday, his father had smashed his carefully painted model of a World War II minesweeper, and proceeded to knock Judson halfway across the room over some minor misunderstanding that neither of them could recall. That wasn’t the only time, just one of the worst, and the one that popped into his head at that moment.
Thursday, August 15, 1963: Sokroshera Island and Sokroshera Cove
(Jud and his father on their first night in the village)
What would their life be like in a town where the power goes off at 10 p.m. and comes back on at 7 a.m.? Judson’s mind was flooded with new details from this tiny, remote place. He thought briefly that it would surely take some time to absorb it all. But he had no energy to think about any of it now. The warm glow of welcome they’d felt in the Lindseth kitchen faded before the prospect of having to unpack just to get ready for bed. His father uttered a short grunt as they walked together, apparently thinking similar thoughts.
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