Published: January 3, 2016.
Fiction » Literature » Literary
In the mid-1940s seven families rent an elegant country house 30 miles from London. Most fought in the war. Two survived the Nazi death camps. Between them they produce two dozen children (The Tribe) whose growing-up is a large part of the story. This is an intimate picture of all their lives in which the Swinging Sixties, Carnaby Street etc hardly intrude. *Real* social history, in fact.
Evian reports indiscretions of her petroleum company and arrives home to find the petrol squad has made good on their threats by attempting to kidnap her daughter. The family still away in the midst of gunfire to Warren County Mississippi to find southern hospitality at its best, worst, and a few unexpected surprises along the way as they experience the travails of Green Achers.
Magpie is on her way to the Utopia, Oregon Barter Faire on the Starry Night bus when she sees a stranger limping down the dirt road with his dog. He boards the bus with a sprained ankle, three broken ribs and a secret. Tattoo artist Angeline is on her way to Utopia when she meets Magpie and her bus full of eccentric characters. Angeline is drawn to the Barter Faire and a dangerous criminal.
This is a comic book paraphrase of the book of Galatians, so the Smashword computers do not count words which are drawn into speech bubbles. Nevertheless, it is fairly short (26 pages). Churchianity vs Christianity uses modern situations (e.g. a church building instead of a synagogue, and reference to baptism instead of circumcision) to bring Paul's message forward into a 21st Century context.
Published: December 12, 2009.
Nonfiction » Travel » By region
In 2001, Steve McAllister decided to leave behind the life that he knew and follow the footsteps of Kerouac down the road less traveled. Filled with colorful characters, blazing humor, and somber soul-searching through the vivid tapestry of America’s underbelly, The Rucksack Letters is a pivotal first step at a time when the world is seeking a new path.
With a cast of eccentrics that rivals "The Royal Tenenbaums", ALONE IN THE COMPANY OF OTHERS is about people and their treasured possessions, and the distinctive role that each of us plays as part of a group dynamic. The book questions where each of us essentially exists — within the singular, the plural, or both.