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The Hope of Walker Percy

I love me some Walker Percy and found this piece by Father Damian Ference at Word on Fire fascinating:

If anyone should have killed himself, it should have been Walker Percy. After all, suicide ran in his family and it went back generations. One Percy overdosed on morphine—another jumped into a creek with a sugar kettle tied around his neck. Even Percy’s grandfather took his life. And when Walker was only 13 years old, his own father shot himself dead in the attic of the family home.

It gets worse.
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