The short story Until Gwen (find it in Lehane's collection Coronado - as well as the two-act play version of the story titled Coronado) concerns a nameless 2nd person narrator just out of prison for his part in a diamond heist. He's picked up by his father who's rented him a motel room and a hooker as a welcome back to the world starter kit, but the narrator (You) aren't too excited by the gesture.
|David Preston & Samuel Dahl in a production of Coronado|
Reasons you may be less than excited to help your old man find the diamond are hinted at and then revealed in thin layers of tragic implication, though you continue to profess amnesia - you were shot in the head after all - and you seem to be far more interested in remembering details about your lost love, Gwen.
Until Gwen is equal parts pulp fiction and pure heartbreak, and sitting at the top of both categories. Fuck, I'm so jealous.
Man Out of Prison series. Find Two Things in Woodrell's story collection The Outlaw Album.