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Tales by Tom

This podcast showcases the audio stories of Tom Cagley Sr.

Apr 12, 2009

Tales By Tom, the podcast on Thomas M. Cagley Sr.’s fiction continues with the fifth installment of the novella  “Even the Day of My Wedding.”  

The story so far . . .
Morris Lasker has told the story of his Holocaust experiences to a stranger, Robert Karrigan.  At the very end of the story, Robert learns that Morris had met a young girl in the Displaced Persons camp after the war and that they’d planned to get married once both were in America.  Coming at different times, they did not meet, through no fault of either. The girl, Dita Hersch, married in 1949 just as Morris arrived; Morris never married.  Without telling Morris, without even a nod to the incredible odds against him, Robert decides to try to find Dita somewhere in the United States. Between Christmas and New Year’s Day, 1985, he runs a blind ad in 8 small southern New Jersey newspapers where Morris heard she went after her 1949 marriage.  Remarkably, she responds. Robert follows up with a letter of explanation, once he knows where she lives, but for three months he hears nothing. Finally she answers and not reluctantly at all agrees to meet Robert in the coffee shop at the Cherry Hill Mall Hyatt near Philadelphia. If the meeting goes well, he thinks, he will tell Morris when he sees him the next week in New York and see what happens next.  Chapters 10, 11 and 12 includes Dita’s explanation of what happened when she learned of the ad looking for her, a remarkable coincidence on a flight from Tokyo that paves the way to Dita and two brief but telling stories of things lost.

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