Tales By Tom, the podcast on Thomas M. Cagley Sr.’s fiction
continues with the fourth installment of the novella “Even
the Day of My Wedding.”
The story of Even the Day of My Wedding so far is as follows: At a
dinner in Paris, Morris Lasker, who is a Holocaust survivor, agrees
to tell his story to a stranger, Robert Karrigan. A month later,
while Robert is in market, they meet in Morris’ New York apartment.
Morris talks and Robert listens. At the end, Robert hears Morris
tell him, as an afterthought, about a girl he met after the war
while they were both in a Displaced Persons camp. He was 19 and
she, Edith or Dita Hersch, was 17. They fell in love and
wanted to get married but decide to wait until both could come to
America. She arrives in 1947, he in 1949. In the meantime, with no
word from Morris, she thinks he’s forgotten her and she marries a
man and moves to southern New Jersey. Morris is sure she is still
waiting and arrives five days after her marriage. They do not
connect, and each goes their own way.
Back home in Baton Rouge, Robert, who is a hopeless romantic and an
incurable optimist, has thought about where Dita might be and
decides to try to find her --- with scant information and that
almost 40 years old, with money he doesn’t really have at the time,
against his wife’s more practical wishes, without Morris’ knowledge
--- somewhere in the huge United States of America.
Chapters 7, 8, and 9 tell you how he made out on his 250,000,000 to
one shot, about an interesting fortune cookie and --- an empty
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