Forgiving the Dead

Was it even possible to forgive the dead? Was forgiveness an emotion, or a transaction that required a partner? I had made a promise to someone who would never see it kept. I wanted to respect my grandfather’s wish, and it would have been no trouble to evade my mother’s questions. Keeping secrets was the family business. But it was a business, it seemed to me, that none of us had ever profited from.


~ Michael Chabon, Moonglow (2016)



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