Late last year, BoomerCafé published a piece by Claude Nougat, who predicted that baby boomer literature — in which we are at the heart of the story — would be the Next Big Genre. Well, check out her Goodreads Group and you’ll see, she was right. And now she has another novel out there herself: A Hook in the Sky. It’s the story of a retiree-turned-artist … to the dismay of his much younger wife, but to the delight of his own mother, who is unhappy only about the wife’s less-than-enthusiastic embrace of her husband’s choice.
“This is very serious, Robert. I’m your mother, remember? I can see what’s happening to your marriage. You’re allowing your wife to convince you that what you do is worthless.”
“Nonsense. Kay’s tastes are different from yours and mine. That’s all.”
“Oh, but it’s not just a matter of taste! The problems between you run much deeper than that! I’m an old woman, I have experience. I see what I see…”
“In that case, just keep your eyes shut, will you?”
“Robert, don’t get mad at me. I’m not the problem, your wife is! And you know it.”
“Maman, there is one thing I do know: you wanted to have grandchildren and we have disappointed you on that score. But that’s no reason to take it out on Kay! It’s not her fault!”
“Are you sure? I wouldn’t be so certain. No one in our family has ever been sterile. The problem could easily be on her side! After all, she’s an only child.”
“So am I! It doesn’t mean anything. Just stop it.”
Her eyes widened as if she wanted to convey something important and didn’t know how. Then she did something very theatrical. She plunged to the floor,taking hold of his ankle. Crouching at his feet, she held his leg in both hands. “Now, try walking!” She said.
“What do you mean?”
“Try walking, I tell you! Come on, push that leg forward!”
He didn’t try hard, not wanting to hurt her, but he felt his leg straining against her hands.
“See? You’re slowed down! You can’t walk. That’s what Kay does to you!”
The next day she flew back to Paris.