The rock tumbler clattered inside the linen closet. Celia put her pillow over her head to drown it out; it sounded like a blender trying to make daiquiris out of marbles. When she bought the rock tumbler for her son, she thought it would have to run for a couple of hours, maybe a full day. She had no idea she was in for weeks of tumbling, weeks of constant abrasive clank.
Her sleeping son dug his toes into her sweatpants. Brian had no trouble with the sound; he slept through her crying jags, he slept through this incessant grind.
Published on 5-01-12
Featured Story on 5-01-12
When someone you love, someone whose body has been almost a part of your own, is lost to you, how do you survive?
In Tumbling, award-winning author Gayle Brandeis takes us on a stirring journey through the often crushing process of grief. With beautiful language and deep metaphor, Brandeis puts us in the center of the experience, allowing us to ask ourselves this difficult question and, perhaps, find an answer. — Paige Polcene
Themes: Sorrow, Grieving, Parenthood