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Walking That Short Distance, Childhood Enlightenment in the '50s
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Series: Short Stories, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 9,240. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2013. Category: Fiction » Literature » Coming of age
I wrote this short story (1987) for a class in creative writing at the University of Colorado. It is the most autobiographical story I've ever told. It's sort of a compilation of events from my own life with some alterations of family composition. I know it's difficult to believe, but I've known kids who were even more naive at eleven than I was. How things have changed in sixty years.
Ripple: Young Adult Version
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Price: Free! Words: 121,490. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2013. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Family
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When high-powered attorney Helen Thompson discovers that her fifteen-year old daughter has been sexually assaulted, she takes drastic measures. Finding herself in trouble, Helen must relinquish control and put her faith in a process she knows to be flawed. As a team of lawyers, therapists and women from a safe house help Helen and Phoebe find hope and healing, a sociopath lurks, waiting to strike.
Paper Ghosts
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Price: Free! Words: 5,080. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2013. Category: Fiction » Literature » Coming of age
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There are stories of love, stories of loss. Stories you wouldn't think are real, and yet they are, of course they are, because the people who lived them are here to tell them. Stories of letting go, stories of moving on. Stories of second chances. Stories of people looking for something.Ghost stories, caught on paper to be real.
Hello, Emptiness
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Series: Diamonds, #8. Price: Free! Words: 3,770. Language: British English. Published: July 27, 2013. Category: Fiction » Literature » Coming of age
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The sound of breaking glass wakes Colin and brings him downstairs, where he discovers a boy called Joe. Then the boy begins telling the story of what has brought him there that night, and Colin realises how much he has in common with the painfully lost young man and how sometimes we can find help from the least likely person in the least likely of circumstances.
Dear Bette Davis
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Price: Free! Words: 2,020. Language: English. Published: July 26, 2013. Category: Fiction » Literature » Coming of age
Bette Davis ruined my life. Well, Bette Davis and Howard Hawk's 'The Big Sleep'. This is the story of my childhood.
I Was A Teenage Stowbilly
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Price: Free! Words: 6,400. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2013. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Although these essays are set in the author's hometown of Stow, Ohio, they could just as easily be from anyone's childhood hometown of legend and lore. If you remember tetherball, dodge ball, endless hallways, thought-provoking lunch food and other things from schooldays, you'll enjoy this sample collection from Michael Pollick. The entire collection, "A Very Stowbilly Sampler" is also available.
A Fish Story of Larry, Pops and Me
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Price: Free! Words: 1,290. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2013. Category: Fiction » Literature » Coming of age
A short story about a boy dealing with the death of his grandfather.
Love, Mark
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Price: Free! Words: 7,130. Language: English. Published: July 16, 2013. Category: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
It's a 1970s summer on a lake in Northern Michigan. A young girl and her sister plan a forbidden salvage operation to rescue valuables from the family's sunken boat. What they discover is a secret that could change their lives forever. Excerpted from Diane Dunning's short-story collection "One Short Year," "Love, Mark" is a tale of daring and heartache.
Life So Perfect
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Price: Free! Words: 77,790. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2013. Category: Fiction » Literature » Coming of age
Maddie kissed Joe's cheek and whispered, "Steven’s not crazy Joe, he’s damaged. He’s hurt and broken, like everyone in this place. We're all broken, but never ever ruined.”
The Red Fox Bible
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Price: Free! Words: 5,860. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2013. Category: Fiction » Literature » Coming of age
It is the summer of 1969—the year mankind first set foot on the moon. "The Red Fox Bible" chronicles twelve year old Bobbie's journey into the baptismal waters of a Southern Baptist Church as he struggles with his own beliefs about evolution.
Therapeutic Window
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Price: Free! Words: 112,300. Language: English. Published: June 27, 2013. Category: Fiction » Literature » Coming of age
A story about a medical family that spans the years from the 1950s to the present. Written from the viewpoint of a son, we witness his and his sibling's life changes as they grapple with the generation gap between themselves and their over bearing father. Other themes explored are romantic and family love, extramarital relationships, medical ethics and hierarchical work relationships.
The Day The Music Died
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Price: Free! Words: 2,650. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2013. Category: Fiction » Literature » Coming of age
Every generation has its voice. For troubled teen Grace Hoppe, it is a pop star Chad Carter-Stefano. When her idol dies tragically, Grace struggles to find hope. When her idol appears to her in a dream, Grace is convinced she needs to share his one last message with the world.
Crazy Boy: Marvey's Monkeys
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Price: Free! Words: 10,170. Language: American English. Published: June 9, 2013. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
Brilliant, angry Dee is wealthy Rialto’s demon child, a fallen angel still surprisingly walking the earth at 18—this despite a mother who connives for his destruction and a school that treats him as an escaped Ebola virus. One bright morning Dee is again betrayed, and his years of abuse, addiction and psychosis become a chisel of cold white rage that metes out an exquisite revenge on his betrayer.
For Love of Words
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Price: Free! Words: 78,110. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2013. Category: Fiction » Literature » Coming of age
Alison is 35 years old, working on a second masters degree, and directionless. Procrastinating on her thesis, she stumbles upon a small bookshop on the edge of her small Pennsylvania hometown. Inside an atmosphere awaits that will alter the course of her life - challenging her, changing her, bringing her love she never thought she would know.
The Offer
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Price: Free! Words: 3,950. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2013. Category: Fiction » Literature » Coming of age
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A young boy on the cusp of adolescence is conflicted when suddenly propositioned by the young girl he has a crush on. He quickly discovers an uncomfortable truth that has soured the young girl's attitude towards the opposite sex, one that drives him to make an offer of his own, hoping to make a difference in her life.
Final Education - A Novel of Empires Both Vapid and Grand
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Price: Free! Words: 174,060. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: May 15, 2013. Category: Fiction » Adventure » War & military
Chosen to partake in an unknown government initiative, Cawdor High's graduating students are quick to find their old rivalries playing out on a scale grander than any one of them could have imagined. Given control of fourteen ancient civilisations within an immense virtual world, the group must engage their foes and protect their allies through leveraging all the powers of human history.
How to Become Famous in High School
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Series: The Braithewaite Pentalogy, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 77,210. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2013. Category: Fiction » Literature » Drama
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When innocent dreams and selfish schemes collide and the line between them becomes blurred... When every good thing you've worked for has been turned to dust... Few can stand up under all that... Could you?
The Petting Zoo
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Price: Free! Words: 3,210. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2013. Category: Fiction » Literature » Coming of age
The eleven–year–old son of newly–separated parents spends the day with his folks. First published in Many Mountains Moving.
I'm Still Your Fag
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Price: Free! Words: 7,850. Language: English. Published: April 24, 2013. Category: Fiction » Literature » Coming of age
Miles recently moved back home to Chicago from LA, where he had an emotional breakdown. There he finds post-collegiate friends, all trapped in their own holding patterns. He immediately falls in with his childhood companion Claxton, who's pastime is igniting discarded Christmas trees. Miles finds himself in a place where he must either grow up - and fast - or be stuck in his circumstances forever.
Harajuku (+)
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Price: Free! Words: 54,830. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2013. Category: Fiction » Literature » Coming of age
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Ritchie Ufuo, recent graduate of a Pennsylvania university, moves to Tokyo where he runs into the champagne-and-cocaine Soren Soutern. The louche, high-spending, high-octane group of Japan expats introduce a new world to him, but at what cost and to what outcome? Japan around the turn of the century, with ecstasy and cocaine flowing, and the future apparently limitless...