Extra Days

A Story

by Janet Burroway
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I contacted Janet Burroway after rereading this story, for I had been her student in more than one class at Florida State University. When, in our correspondence, she told me that "Michael" had indeed taken his life at age forty, I was shocked speechless. I could hardly bear the transition from the rich living-ness that Janet delivers in this story, and I could not answer Janet's kindly, confiding letter. Now I have read the story again and know its awful prescience. But nothing can kill its rich living-ness, the mother's love and pulsing hope for her son, and its incredible human beauty.