Canary (a short story)

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Willie had a nice job at the bookstore, until he's called in to tell on a co-worker who's been stealing. Willie can’t stand the punk-kid who’s been doing so, but he refuses to give a name and as a result, loses his job. CANARY is a story about how something so minor and trivial that happened when you were little can ultimately change the way you carry on in your adult life.

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About Michael Crane

Michael Crane is an indie author and scribbler of inane babble that can sometimes end up as stories. He went to Columbia College Chicago where he earned a BA in Fiction Writing. He is currently the author of two short story collections, and he also might've written two books while he was in high school, but he refuses to own up to them and that's why they aren't included on the page. He lives in Illinois and is always trying to work on something new, unless he's battling stupid writer's block.

Some of his favorite writers are Raymond Carver, Richard Yates, Kurt Vonnegut, Chuck Palahniuk, Bret Easton Ellis and Hunter S. Thompson.

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Review by: Dave Conifer on Oct. 13, 2010 : star star star star
Nice story that resonated with me, as it probably will with many readers. This writer has a gift for dialogue -- it was tight and edgy and best of all, believable. I'll definitely check me out more Michael Crane...
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Review by: Kate Kindle on Aug. 22, 2010 : star star star
Good story. Answered my question as to why people aren't more socially active in reporting accidents, assaults, burglaries etc. Must be they were ostracized by their peers when they were younger. Yeah, now I understand. Hope he moves to a better neighborhood where people don't want thieves on the job!
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Review by: Lili Koi on Aug. 22, 2010 : star star star star
A simple story of simple people facing a moral dilemma in their everyday lives. Well told!
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Review by: Nanette Littlestone on Aug. 22, 2010 : star star star star star
Yes you CAN learn all you need to know about life in kindergarten, or elementary school, as is the case in this story. In many stories the reader is simply an observer, but Michael Crane draws us into Willie's world. I felt his love of books, the chill of the street, the sweet taste of beer (and I hate the taste of beer). A nice take on ethics and feelings. Well done! I look forward to reading more works.
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Review by: Ernest Winchester on Aug. 22, 2010 : star star star
Well written but a little weak on motivation.
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Review by: Kipp Poe Speicher on Aug. 22, 2010 : star star star star star
Another great short story from Michael Crane, very well told short story. His characters never take you down the same worn out path you expect, his stories have a ring of good morels even if the outcome is not favorable.
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