Vacation by Deb Olin Unferth
Thomas Israel Hopkins
by Deb Olin Unferth
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Myers, the hapless, briefcase-toting nine-to-fiver of Deb Olin Unferth’s debut novel, Vacation, wonders why his wife has suddenly started coming home late from work “mussed” and “ruddy.” When he begins leaving his office at the end of each day, going to her office, and following her, he discovers that she is indeed cheating on him—albeit only emotionally. She’s been coming home late because she leaves work, goes to yet another office, and follows a strange man, who, coincidentally, is an acquaintance of Myers’s from college.
Myers’s wife, who is never named, is drawn to the “quiet, sad dignity” of the strange man, whose name is Gray. She also likes the “meandering” paths of his evening walks, “as if he’d been plopped onto this land from some foreign star.” The wife gives up her pursuit when Gray
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