The short story “Parole” by Mathieu Cailler begins with the elderly narrator getting off a bus in West Des Moines, Iowa after traveling from the halfway house where he lives. The narrator is seventy-one and has a weak heart, but is determined to walk a mile into the town where his estranged son, Louis, lives.

The narrator has recently been released from prison, and he wonders what his next step should be. He also thinks about how he is going to approach the meeting with his son. He plans to knock on the door and ask for a Mr. Larin, just to get a conversation going. The narrator imagines that ...

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