The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Short Stories - Daddy Garbage by John Edgar Wideman Summary & Analysis

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Daddy Garbage is a story about a dog of that name and Lemuel Strayhorn, the man who found him. The story begins with members of the French Family going to his iceball cart and asking about the dog. He remembers later his time with the dog, like a puppy, who did not mind the snow. The dog dug up what he thinks at first is a baby doll, but which turns out to be a dead baby. He decides to bury it and gets the help of John French. They decide not to go to the authorities and to bury the baby. Later, a young girl comes by to Strayhorn's asking about her father because her sister Lizbeth is having a baby. The scene returns to them in winter, trying to dig a hole in the ground...

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