In Chapter 31 of “Pushing Back,” released this morning, the news about Gamaliel triggers Boone’s memories of how he lost his brother Frankie. Overwhelmed by the thoughts of Frankie and how he left things with his father, Boone misses a promised visit with Gamaliel.
Even though he named his dog after his brother, Boone has been fighting hard to keep from thinking about Frankie’s death and how that changed his family in so many fundamental ways. It’s difficult for him to even remember what their life was like before the accident.
One of these days I’m going to have to write that backstory, the story of how things were before Frankie died. It’ll have to wait until Boone is ready to tell me about it, though; for a fictional character, he’s remarkably stubborn sometimes.
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