Asia Unbound

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In this suspenseful short story, Asia is a star who returns to her hometown for her uncle's funeral. The paparazzi has followed her home, as has her high school boyfriend. Soon all her secrets will be exposed and she will have to find a way to escape. But no one escapes their own truth, no matter how shocking. More

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Published: Dec. 21, 2011
Words: 7,230
Language: English
ISBN: 9780987780768
About Robert Chazz Chute

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A former journalist for newspapers and magazines, I've made the leap to writing full-time. I founded Ex Parte Press to hide in my basement to write suspense and strange fictions.

Every Friday I have a new free comedy and fiction podcast (Self-help for Stoners) available on iTunes and Stitcher. Readers and listeners can download it straight from my author website, www.allthatchazz.com. Writers may also like my writing site Chazzwrites.com.

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You can also buy a short story collection with a couple of award-winning stories: Sex, Death & Mind Control (for fun and profit) on Amazon.com.

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Reviews

Review by: Tony Collett on March 27, 2012 : star star star star star
I read Parting Shots, and when it said you could find out more about some of the points in the story in this one, I jumped back on Smashwords and bought it!
A brief pause before the past and future collide. High school sweethearts get together for the closure that didn't happened. Things are learned, the future is the undiscovered country as The Bard once wrote, and both face a different aspect of it because of what happened in that brief pause. Well read, kept my interest throughout. I can't wait for the next tale from Poeticule Bay.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Mark Young on Feb. 25, 2012 : star star star star star
Another great chapter in the ongoing saga of Poeticule Bay. A combination of Ridicule and Poetic Justice, Poeticule Bay leaves her stamp on all who grew up here. Coming home is never comfortable for those that got out, as the judgement and the whispers among those who knew you never stop. This is the town to which the author returns again and again in his fiction.

"Parting Shots" is the story of the girl who got out, became famous and the guy she left behind, not to mention what caused her to run away in the first place. It is full of memory and shame and reminiscence, as a drink-fueled meeting between ex-lovers gets out of hand and the press are waiting in the bushes for the fallout.

Great stuff! I love how the town itself becomes almost like a character you know well as you move from story to story. The place leaves an indelible stamp--not only on its inhabitants, but also on readers.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Johanna Goldenberg on Jan. 19, 2012 : star star star star star
Asia Minor's past and present collide after her uncle's funeral in the small town she thought she had escaped years ago. Her high school sweetheart, Marcus (who still thinks of her as Betty Jane Minor), is now a member of the local media. Asia is a moderately successful Hollywood actress; Marcus has never left Poeticule Bay. This is the same town "the Dangerous Kind" is set in, and in this story, Chute once again skillfully evokes the claustrophobic feel of the town; this time physically as well, since "Asia Unbound" is set entirely in the living room of Asia's uncle's house.

Though the physical setting is limited, the cathartic conversation encompasses many years, emotions and flashbacks and the reader is swept up in a tale of secrets and surprises, some of which, even Marcus is unaware. Their encounter takes place the afternoon after the funeral, at which Asia has made a dramatic gesture, and the eve of the inevitable media frenzy whipped up by her actions that afternoon. The stakes are high for both Asia and Marcus; she, trusting that he is still on her side and Marcus, torn between loyalty to Betty Jane and his job. 

Asia Unbound is a taut, deceptively benign short story that keeps the reader guessing until the last sentence.  This story is highly recommended for lovers of masterfully written, evocative tales with "real" conversations. The end, and indeed the entire story, will linger with the reader long after its revealing finish.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Johanna Goldenberg on Jan. 19, 2012 : star star star star star
Asia Minor's past and present collide after her uncle's funeral in the small town she thought she had escaped years ago. Her high school sweetheart, Marcus (who still thinks of her as Betty Jane Minor), is now a member of the local media. Asia is a moderately successful Hollywood actress; Marcus has never left Poeticule Bay. This is the same town "the Dangerous Kind" is set in, and in this story, Chute once again skillfully evokes the claustrophobic feel of the town; this time physically as well, since "Asia Unbound" is set entirely in the living room of Asia's uncle's house.

Though the physical setting is limited, the cathartic conversation encompasses many years, emotions and flashbacks and the reader is swept up in a tale of secrets and surprises, some of which, even Marcus is unaware. Their encounter takes place the afternoon after the funeral, at which Asia has made a dramatic gesture, and the eve of the inevitable media frenzy whipped up by her actions that afternoon. The stakes are high for both Asia and Marcus; she, trusting that he is still on her side and Marcus, torn between loyalty to Betty Jane and his job. 

Asia Unbound is a taut, deceptively benign short story that keeps the reader guessing until the last sentence.  This story is highly recommended for lovers of masterfully written, evocative tales with "real" conversations. The end, and indeed the entire story, will linger with the reader long after its revealing finish.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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