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The Constellations
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It’s 1974 in DeKalb County, Illinois, and the planets have failed to align for Roy Conlon. Widowed and broke, he finds that his eight-year-old son Eric is suddenly a mystery to him. The boy has become aware of a sky awhirl with stars and of the universe outside his small Midwestern town. And as powerful forces pull Eric away, Roy’s efforts to hold onto his son are threatened by weakness, guilt, and his participation in a foolish crime.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vi-10
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  1. The phone rang at 6 a.m.
  2. pp. 3-5
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  1. Eric and Cammy listened
  2. pp. 6-7
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  1. Roy declined a drag
  2. pp. 8-11
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  1. On Friday mornings
  2. pp. 12-15
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  1. By late morning Roy had
  2. pp. 16-19
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  1. When Eric entered the kitchen
  2. pp. 20-21
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  1. Phyl outdid herself
  2. pp. 22-23
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  1. Eric signed up for baseball
  2. pp. 24-30
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  1. “I’ll have to clear it with Fergus,”
  2. pp. 31-34
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  1. Roy thought that
  2. pp. 35-39
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  1. Phyl had a pot of ham
  2. pp. 40-41
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  1. With Roy back at work
  2. pp. 42-50
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  1. Once, when he was eleven
  2. pp. 51-52
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  1. The cabbie turned
  2. pp. 53-58
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  1. After Saturday practices
  2. pp. 59-62
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  1. Roy and Dombey pulled
  2. pp. 63-67
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  1. After, Lori eased off of him
  2. pp. 68-71
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  1. Miss Birch had assigned
  2. pp. 72-75
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  1. Every spring, Aunt Phyl piled
  2. pp. 76-81
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  1. On alternate Saturdays
  2. pp. 82-85
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  1. Clouds rolled in
  2. pp. 86-92
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  1. Already Roy was
  2. pp. 93-99
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  1. Fergus had been
  2. pp. 100-101
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  1. Dombey returned to
  2. pp. 102-103
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  1. The cemetery was nestled
  2. pp. 104-106
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  1. He looked like a monster now
  2. pp. 107-112
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  1. Deb had never acquired
  2. pp. 113-121
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  1. The team milled around
  2. pp. 114-115
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  1. Roy didn’t waste his energy
  2. pp. 116-121
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  1. Every time Phyl returned
  2. pp. 122-125
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  1. Roy stepped off the ladder
  2. pp. 126-129
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  1. The apartment door was open
  2. pp. 130-132
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  1. Aunt Deb’s apartment
  2. pp. 133-139
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  1. The interview took place
  2. pp. 140-146
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  1. The next morning dawned
  2. pp. 147-149
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  1. Deb tried to time her arrival
  2. pp. 150-154
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  1. On Saturday, the sixth
  2. pp. 155-163
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  1. When Roy got home
  2. pp. 156-158
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  1. Roy sat staring ahead
  2. pp. 159-161
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  1. It was before 8 a.m.,
  2. pp. 162-165
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  1. Deb managed to get
  2. pp. 166-168
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  1. The bag of cans
  2. pp. 169-170
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  1. The buildings and church steeples
  2. pp. 171-172
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