Today, while doing incredibly domestic things like reorganizing my kitchen cabinets, I listed again to this episode of This American Life.
In “The House on Loon Lake,” a couple of kids find an abandoned house in the woods. Inside, it’s filled with stuff–from food still in the cupboard to letters to clothing. Along the way, the kids bring their parents to see. They return again and again. And then the house is gone. But the questions of what happened to this family and this house remain.
As I listened, I couldn’t help but think of Gone-Away Lake. Both stories feature kids finding something abandoned, yet full of stories. It’s a summer adventure, one in which other grown-ups are brought into only relunctantly. But Gone-Away Lake ultimately has a happy ending. And Loon Lake just breaks your heart. But it’s still a story worth checking out.