Micro-Review #123: Margery

by Jeffrey Penn May

Aging hiker Jeremy is keenly aware that the clock of life is ticking. To prepare for senescence, he finds soulful nourishment in lonesome backpacking trips through the mountains. One day he wanders off the beaten path and comes across a young couple who lead him to a hidden, bucolic community where life moves to strange rhythms and the denizens are so odd and inscrutable that maybe he’s dreaming the whole thing up.

This literary meditation on death and aging is strangely captivating. Despite Jeremy’s doubts and fears, he gropes toward a kind of understanding. He avoids trite or banal answers and shows us the redeeming value of being honest and vulnerable when seeking emotional wisdom. His is a gentle, contemplative journey without superficiality or pretense.

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