Pelican Smile

Rated 5.00/5 based on 2 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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Price: Free! USD
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. Her influences include Stephen King and Robert A. Heinlein. She lives in an old house on a large tree-filled block near the Swan River. She shares her home with two children, her cats and a blue tongue lizard. In her spare time she tends her organic vegetable patch and assorted fruit trees. She also enjoys painting impressionist landscapes.

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Twitter: #WendyBeachAu


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 Tod Hunter Literary Award for Brushstrokes

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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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