Reading The Deportees and Other Stories by Roddy Doyle for my book group. Love the writing.
The opening story is about a father–Larry– who is meeting his daughter’s boyfriend. While the boyfriend is cool and poised, the father feels himself unraveling. It’s told in 3rd person and here are my favorite lines:
“He [Larry, the father] could feel his heart kicking the blood straight to his cheeks and armpits.”
“It wasn’t fair. Larry felt exposed, stupid and even more angry and hopeless. And your man over there just looking back at him, like he was an ad on the side of a bus shelter.”