Chapter One: A One-Way Ticket on a Train Called the Crescent City
"I have something to tell you, Charlie..." This is my father talking, he's dying. "When your mother was giving birth to you, she had a bowel movement -- "
"She didn't mean to, Charlie."
My father and I had seen each other infrequently over the past several years, and now we were supposed to be enacting a solemn deathbed scene, my father having summoned me to a Charlottesville, Virginia, hospice where he was waiting for cancer to complete destiny.
"I wasn't around when your sisters were born," he said. "As I'm sure your mother told you, I...