Giving It Away

Rated 4.92/5 based on 13 reviews
A small town Maine couple learn surprising lessons about their friends and neighbors when their anonymous charity is treated with resentment. More

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About Pete Morin

In my adult life, I’ve been a trial attorney, a politician, a bureaucrat, a lobbyist, and (I like to think) an observant witness to human behavior. I’ve tried to combine all of them in my debut novel, Diary of a Small Fish.

My creative writing began at the University of Vermont in the mid-1970’s, where I was very fortunate to have studied under award winning authors David Huddle and T. Alan Broughton. Following college, I pursued a wide-ranging career in law and politics in which I served three terms in the Massachusetts Legislature and two years as general counsel of the MBTA. In what some friends peg a mid-life crisis, I returned to writing fiction in 2007.I now split my time between fiction and law.
My short fiction has appeared in NEEDLE, A Magazine of Noir, Words With Jam, 100 Stories for Haiti, and Words to Music. I republished many of them in a collection titled Uneasy Living.

When I’m not writing crime fiction or practicing law, I play blues guitar in Boston bars, enjoy food and wine with my wife of 28 years, Elizabeth, and our two adult children. On increasingly rare occasions, I play a round of golf. We live in a money pit on the seacoast south of Boston, in an area once known as the Irish Riviera.

I am very lucky to be represented by Christine Witthohn of Book Cents Literary Agency.

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Review by: Leigh Dudenhoeffer on Dec. 15, 2012 :
This was an awesome quick read that makes you relate to the attitude that surrounds money. It also shows you the good hearts of the people involved.
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Review by: Terry Crawford Palardy on Dec. 30, 2011 :
So many ordinary people find that suddenly coming into a lot of money changes their lives in unexpected ways. How nice that Pete wrote a story that allowed the winners to remain themselves, happily in love, loving their jobs, and living their lives together. I relish stories of the people in Maine, the settings there, and the goodness that is found in hard working people. Thanks, Pete, for a happy ending so sweet.
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Review by: Dale T. Phillips on Nov. 21, 2011 :
Ayuh, as we say in Maine. Pete Morin has created a lovely little tale, nice of tone and true of heart. As a former Mainer, I know the setting and characters are dead on. Spiffy moral as well. Great job, and makes me want to read more by this author.
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Review by: Mark L Friedlander on Nov. 08, 2011 :
Mr. Morin has a wonderful way with words and a gift for telling stories. I think I'd enjoy just about any story he has a mind to tell.
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Review by: Robb Grindstaff on June 09, 2011 :
Solid, solid, solid. A story that's fairly simple and straightforward on the surface, but with some complex layers of depth. Tightly written, brilliant characterization. Only suggestion I have for improvement would be to add vampires. (Okay, just kidding.)
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Review by: Maria K. on June 06, 2011 :
Loved, loved, loved everything about it. Some may consider the events described in the story unrealistic. But I hope more will be captivated by the concept and make it more of a reality.
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Review by: Jess McNeil on June 06, 2011 :
The characters are very real; I felt as though I was reading about my neighbors. Thank you for such a lovely, simple story.
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Review by: Herocious on June 06, 2011 :
This story is what I need more of. Enough of the cynical, enough of the individual. Give me positivity. Give me community.

This story is honest and just, the characters are noble.

This story has, to use the author's word, probity.

This story taught me the meaning of 'solons', a meaning I may not remember next time it may be called upon.

This story is what Maine embodies.

I am thankful for this story like I am thankful for Maine.
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Review by: E M Delaney on June 06, 2011 :
What a great short story. Strong theme, good conflict and even a lesson to be learned. Dialogue and narrative are balanced well in this short tale of human nature. A most imaginative conflict drives this depiction of small town America and how people will / would re-act to an event most of us wonder about everyday. Well done.
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Review by: Michael Davidson on June 05, 2011 :
Mr. Moren flawlessly introduces and fully develops the characters and setting for this delightfully Runyanesque tale of human kindness and just reward.
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Review by: John Betcher on June 05, 2011 :
Pete Morin's short story, GIVING IT AWAY, is a delightful and poignant tale of generosity, in many forms.

Multi-million dollar Lottery winners, Neal and Ellie Shackford, choose to do the unexpected when they decide to spend their windfall by giving it away -- anonymously.

Morin does an outstanding job of setting the stage in a small Maine community and populating it with authentic characters. The plot is a winner -- but I can't give everything away here.

Read GIVING IT AWAY. It'll brighten your day.
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Review by: Brandie Buckwine on June 05, 2011 :
A wonderful 'feel good' story. I love how the characters show us the best in people, and the not so great, jealous side— the one we don't like to admit we have. Great job!
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Review by: Janet Colley on June 05, 2011 :
So you’ve always dreamed of winning the lottery? Statistics show it often causes as many problems as it solves. And that’s when the lucky winners keep the money. Just think what would happen if they decided to “give it away.”

Mr. Morin’s short story shows it isn’t always easy being charitable. In fact it can be downright difficult. Even the most well-meaning of gestures can be met with resentment and misunderstanding—unless you’ve listened with your heart and not just your head.

If you’re looking for a feel-good story, this one’s for you.
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