A floundering artist prepares to meet his daughter after not seeing her for many years. He dumpster dives and finds items with which to make a doll, a gift, something for her to show his love, to show how his creativity has worked to his advantage when in all truth, he is failing, and couldn't have bought a toy for his child if he'd wanted to.
Ultimately, this story is heartbreaking and unique and will not soon leave my memory for the vividness of the images, the language used, the sheer force of the ending where the man doesn't see his daughter after all.
Brilliant. A gem of a read.