Pastrami-Style Salmon

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Appears in
The Gefilte Variations

By Jayne Cohen

Published 2000

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He was in the oxygen tent when I walked in.

“Did you bring them, dollek?

“Yes, Gramp.” The sick-sweet hospital smell receded before the warm, heady scents of garlic and pepper mixed with rich tobacco as I unwrapped the hot pastrami sandwich, sour pickle, and expensive cigar.

We both knew it was going to be his last meal. He was now ninety-four, and cancer of the lymphatic system coursed rapidly through his body.

Though well-lubricated with fat (why bo