A story that definitely doesn't skimp on description! Love the bold topic.
I enjoyed the pacing and how the past and present narratives intertwined. The grandmother played off the best friend Ralston and Louis tries to figure out where he fits in between these two. The end bothered me, the role of chance reverberates from the beginning of the piece with a missed dinner invite and in the ending. Not quite a safe falling on a man contemplating suicide but close. The ending had a deus ex machina feel to it.
There's a lot of irony in this story. Part of me really liked how the ending hinted at Louis' dream coming true even if he didn't play the part in it that he would have liked. The more straight forward part of me just wants to know what happened to the "Face of God" and why wasn't Louis satisfied that he had completed his purpose. All of the characters are so distant, except for Louis and his grandmother. It made me really want to be on is side, even as the story so clearly portrayed his as a creepy, reclusive, crazy man cutting on a fetus.
This story has amazing description and the topics involved are intense and developed well. Louis and his grandmother dying did feel very abrupt and the beginning made it seem like Ralston and Louis's friendship would play a much bigger role in the story. The twist at the end that Louis did complete his mission even though he died was brilliant.