The Saltness of Time

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A Kansas snowstorm forces a car of college students returning home for the holidays to take refuge in the hotel of a small town where they encounter a fellow traveler, who also seeks shelter, and has a story to tell about the consequences of another snow storm decades before when a hideous truth is revealed about an old woman. More

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Words: 10,680
Language: English
ISBN: 9781465990365
About Randy Attwood

I grew up on the grounds of Larned State Hospital, where my father was its dentist. That was interesting. I went to The University of Kansas during the tumultuous 1960s. That was interesting, too. For the first half of my adult career I worked in newspaper journalism. You couldn't call that boring. I won my share of honors, twice winning the award for investigative reporting from the William Allen White School of Journalism at KU. For the second half of my career I was Director of University Relations at The University of Kansas Medical Center. There were some boring times, but the exciting episodes made up for it. I retired at the end of 2010 from The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, where I was its media relations officer. You see, my degree from KU was not in journalism, but in art history. Unfortunately, my father died when I was 21 so I couldn't make him eat his words about that art history degree not being worth anything. I've had stints living in Italy and in Japan.

During all this time I've been putting words on paper, creating fiction. My works don't fit into neat genres, unless that rather new genre "quirky" applies. And each work is quirky in its own way. What that means for me is that in each work is evidence of a deep search within myself. Sometimes it's scary what you find in there.

I'm semi-retired now in Kansas City, keeping busy with a lot of things, among them promoting my fiction and creating new works. That search within yourself never ends.

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Review by: Rigby4 on March 19, 2013 :
Randy Attwood has a gift for putting the reader into the story. "The Saltness of Time" unfolds seamlessly, without distraction from the time he presents his characters to the disturbing conclusion. When I finished reading this one I needed a cup of hot tea to warm up and reflect.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)

Review by: Katy Sozaeva on Jan. 09, 2012 :
When four young college students get snowed in with a stranger in a small Kansas town, they hear from him a story about an event in his youth that has forever altered his life and his perceptions of the world.

Randy Attwood says this is his “Heart of Darkness,” a story he first started working on in his 20s. Like all of his stories, “The Saltness of Time” provides just enough information to give the idea behind the story structure, and to allow the reader to fill in the rest. Beautifully evocative, this is a story that you’ll want to savor and re-read. Check it out!
(reviewed 39 days after purchase)

Review by: Allan Gore on Jan. 02, 2012 :
The author brings a fresh approach to relating quirky tales inspired by his upbringing in a small Kansas farming community that is heavily spiced by his family's residence at the local state mental hospital. Did you have a quirky elderly widow in your neighborhood? Did everyone speculated what her life story might reveal? Here is the story of one such widow that twists and turns as it slowly reveals an unexpected conclusion. A most engaging quick read.
(reviewed 34 days after purchase)

Review by: Jody Darden on Dec. 28, 2011 :
I got a lead on this story through LibraryThing and it sounded good to me. And it was. As I age I find I more enjoy stories recalled from a character's past. The way events may or may not be colored by where they are in their lives now. A well written story I can recommend.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

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