Pelican Smile

Rated 5.00/5 based on 3 reviews
When Penny Leighton's father dies a huge hole is left in her heart, and it is a hole she has fallen into deeply. She becomes preoccupied with the need to know where his remains have been scattered. Desperate to set her father's haunting spirit free she, instead, discovers how to set herself free—to forgive More
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Words: 1,100
Language: Australian English
ISBN: 9781310529276
About Wendy Beach

Wendy Beach lives in Perth, Western Australia. She studied writing at Edith Cowan University. Several of her short stories are published in the Green Egg and the Dark Eclipse Magazine. She lives in an old house on a large tree-filled block near the Swan River. She shares her home with teenagers and a family of blue tongue lizards. In her spare time she tends her organic vegetable patch and assorted fruit trees. She also enjoys painting impressionist landscapes.

2014: An Alien in an Alien Land (short story) published in issue 35 of Dark Eclipse eZine
2014: Pelican Smile (short story) is translated into Russian
2014: Winner of the ECU Talus Prize for best short story (literary) for The Visitor
2014: The Visitor (short story) is translated into Russian
2014: Shortlisted in the William Todhunter Literary Award for Brushstrokes
2014: Suggested to the Ruth Faulkner Library to open a community writing group - established in 2015 (current)
2015: Joined the WA Poets Society (current)
2015: Completed the novel 'The Night Jasmine' (put aside/ unpublished)
2015: Commended in the ECU Talus Prize for the Poem: 'Sonnet For A Native Girl, 1974'
2015: Lessons in Enjambment (poem) is showcased at the ECU graduation ceremony

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Review by: Jacob Mossberg on Aug. 26, 2015 :
Wendy Beach knows how to write a good story. Her depictions are for the lack of a better word excellent! She makes the pictures she creates with her words come alive in vivid color, and it's accompanied with a profound statement on how life should be viewed. She is gifted.

5 stars easy
(review of free book)

Review by: ruckeme on May 25, 2014 :
For Penny Leighton, there exists no greater joy in life than to execute her father's dying wish. There is just one problem: Penny's stepmother - Rhonda. Seen through the eyes of Penny, we journey through the emotional tide of her father's death - his re-entrance into the living - and the final release of his spirit into the afterlife. What I enjoy most about "The Pelican" is the depth of Beach's storytelling. She pens this coming of age story with elements reminiscent of a J.K.Rowling novel: poignant, introspective, innocence, and masterful literary style.
(review of free book)

Review by: tony parsons on March 31, 2014 :
Penny Leighton read the Wests obituary column quite religiously. Rhonda (72) her mother was getting up in age. Penny was not invited to her father’s funeral. Rhonda died but Penny did not attend the funeral. She went to her step-mothers house to get her dads urn.
Cool book cover, great font & writing style. A very well written family type short story (book). It was very easy to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. No grammar errors, repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios & a great set of unique characters. A very easy rating of 5 stars for this short story (book).
Thank you for the free short story (book)
Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)
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