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excerpt from BOUND by Antonya Nelson

excerpt from BOUND by Antonya Nelson

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Chapter 1 of Bound by Antonya Nelson, coming from Bloomsbury USA on September 28.
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CHAPER 1
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he dog had tw impulss. On ws t sty wit t cr,cntinr f civiliztin, n t tr ws t climb trut ruin winw int t wil. Wit wit t wmn, r stwr t istnt rusin wtr? T wmn un suspn, ptintly blin, brft,llvr pwr by ply irb ust, n plm pn lik frt-m-nt in r lp, t tr n ris unnturlly i,s if trwn up t rspn t  qustin, finrtips cut in ttt f t ripp-pn mn rf. A sinl cim, tirly nnuncin tt  r ws nt ltc, r  pssnr ws ntbuckl, r  lit  bn lft n, r tt sm tr minrumn infrctin  bn cmmitt. T mcin ws mt ttn t ts. Aitinlly, t tp plyr ply n,  mnrin lu. In tr instncs, rcr sun smtimsrus t ’s intrst—nimls n tl visin r cmputr, t rbll t m in Hustn—but nt tis mn’s vic. Tis ws t cr’s tir ccint ty. Fr nrly tirty yrs,its rivr  nt  n ccint, nt sinc i scl. Tn inn y: tr. First  bs bumpr t t liqur str prkinlt in El Ps, s n ntr wmn bckin ut irctly int
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ANONYA NELSON
n ntr. Frm bv, it mit v lk crrp,prfct cmic symmtry,  ntl jlt, t sun pprnc f  cr bumpr rit wr tr n’t bn n in t rrviw mirrr. Or lik film ft, run in rvrs, ppl prkin, un-prkin. Tis first ccint, wic  pruc n prblms,bumprs in tir jbs,  bn in xs, t nxt n inNw Mxic, n t tir in Clr. T scn ccint,in Nw Mxic, ws clrly t fult f t ’s wnr. Hnrt tru  tiny twn m f trilrs, s’ run its nly st-blst stp sin n bn clipp by  wstbun pickup.Its rivr jump furius frm is cb, sutin n punciusbfr s’ vn sift int prk. Hr rit tillit  bnsr ff by is t-bi tw br. T  wul nt stp brk-in t t nry mn. Fr tn minuts t tw rivrs  t circl n stuy tir vicls, t mn vntin is sinificntfrustrtin, wic tk t frm f rtricl qustins cn-crnin t wrbuts f r min, nt t mntin r riv-in brft.“Wt r yu,
drunk
?”Hunvr, t wmn tut, but nt runk. S sk.Hr rspns, ftn, ws t rtrt t silnc. Tis  mr  frmibl ult, ltu s’ bn mistkn s sulln rull- witt wn s ws yun. T mn finlly cnvincimslf tt  wsn’t t fult, nr ws is truck m. An culn’t muc cr but n unprtty wmn. T rivrs lftt scn f t ccint witut rprtin it. T tr crs ttpss—bt lcl n turist wkrs—slw but i ntbtr t stp, intrst t knw if t vrbl ntics wul sc-lt int smtin truly ntrtinin, sinc clrly tr’ bnn crn. Ty wnt mym. T   nt cs brkin until r wnr sttl bint wl, slmm t r, blink int t sttin sun frm
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BOUND
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bin sunlsss s  nt rmv, n turn vr t n-in. Tn ty wr rstr t tir ummin, ir- cnitinpc. Fr mils, t wmn tlk t t  s if t prv tts cul, r ns trmblin wn s finlly put in t firstcsstt f r brrw bk n tp. “Hrt f Drknss,” itsnrrtr intn, n tus bn t stry.Nw t  ws busy nvitin  nr vus fiur it b-twn bck st n frnt, stppin ntly pst t rsift, titly circlin t pssnr st, r til invrtntly swpin bntt rivr’s upris rm, nr r in, lkin mut, tnsquzin nc mr vr t rsift, nt t bck st nint r mtl knnl, wic ws intct, ltu upsi wn. Tr s m t mtin f sttlin, lbit n t cilin rtrtn t flr f r c, pful tt binc wul rinsttknwn rr.Obyin ws r first instinct; s’ bn prfrmin tsmvs, trcin tis circumscrib lpin pt, vry minut rs, sinc t cr  n ff t iwy n wn t cliff. Sstpp frm t knnl n sk in r bbrvit spc, stsunly n wkwrly n r til, lik  br r rccn, ncurl frwr t lick t r blly, tmpt nc mr by t snsf t flwin strm byn t cr, yt utiful t t wmninsi. Fr bv, n t iwy frm wic t cr  flln, truck wnsift, strinin inst its wn mssiv witn frc, rrin rully by. T   bn winnyinvry nw n tn, n unsy cttr in r trt, but nw squr r frnt ft n t cr cnsl n brk cls t t wmn’s , tt snppin unnturlly nr t pink ck fls, til wvin wit p, nxity. S  ybrws, tis , wic v r t pprnc f intllinc, s if s culr mins r unrstn cmplict spc. T wmn wsin t bit f tlkin t r. Crtin wrs— Wlk! rt!Hm!—s wll s crtin tns f vic inspir  rply. T
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