Isaac is smuggled into Botswana lying beneath a coffin in the back of a hearse in Eleanor Morse’s White Dog Fell From the Sky. He is left lying on the side of the road, and when he comes to, he sees a white dog sitting next to him. “I am already dead, he thought, and this is my companion.”
Read the rest of the excerpt, as Isaac meets a woman who helps him, tries to find his way in Botswana and encounters someone from back home:
The hearse pulled onto a scrubby track, traveled several hundred feet, and stopped. The passenger door opened, followed by the driver’s door. Two men stepped out. They walked to the rear door, and to- gether the men slid out a coffin and laid it carefully on the ground. They returned to the car, struggled with something inside, and dragged out a limp body. It was so covered with road dust, its face was gone.
The driver splashed a bucket of water over it, nudged it with a toe. Rivulets ran down the side of one cheek, water etching through dust to walnut-colored skin.
“He’s late, no more in this world,” the passenger said.
- White Dog Fell From the Sky by Eleanor Morse
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