"Sometimes I can even see Timmy skating with Linda under the yellow floodlights. I’m young and happy. I’ll never die. I’m skimming across the surface of my own history, moving fast, riding the melt beneath the blades, doing loops and spins, and when I take a high leap into the dark and come down thirty years later, I realize it is as Tim trying to save Timmy’s life with a story." Closing the book as a whole O'Brien tackles the overwhelming subject of how memory and storytelling can come as a media for comfort in times of hopelessness. Helping himself deal with memories of the past he also does the same for the reader, helping is get though the tough topics this book discusses throughout.