The Leaves of Departure

Rated 4.20/5 based on 5 reviews
Set in rural Kentucky, Leaves of Departure is the story of a man and his estranged daughter, dealing with a painful anniversary.
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Words: 2,840
Language: English
ISBN: 9781476018423
About Tony Acree

Tony Acree, Author of The Hand of God, from Hydra Publications, coming Spring 2013.

Tony Acree was born in La Grange, Kentucky in January 1963. His short story fiction has appeared in Kentucky Monthly Magazine. He has written articles about his time as a stay at home dad for a women's magazine as well as sports and information articles. His work has also appeared in The Cumberland, the Kentucky state wide newspaper outlet of the Sierra Club. He is a member of the Green River Writers and The Bluegrass Writers Edge, a creative writers group in Goshen, Kentucky, where he lives with his wife and twin daughters.


Review by: David Blake on June 05, 2013 :
A fairly simple but very effective short story. In terms of character and setting it paints its pictures beautifully and is also eloquent in conveying mood and atmosphere.
Considering how sensitively crafted the rest of the story was, I felt that the resumé/biography of the old man's life seemed a little shoe-horned in, maybe the salient points could have been memories triggered by certain things the old man looked at or heard during his daughter's visit, but this is really a very minor criticism and didn't detract from an otherwise excellent piece of writing.
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Review by: Debbie Connelly on Aug. 05, 2012 :
A very honest, moving story. Great sensory narrative that connects with readers.
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Review by: Randy Ackley on May 14, 2012 :
There are many ways to judge a story. I believe the most sincere measure a story's worth is whether it moves you. Using this metric, this is a superb story. I find my sight blurring several times when I read this story. It is moving and it has an impact on the reader. Wonderfully done! Thanks for sharing it!
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Review by: Marcia Carrington on May 05, 2012 :
An affecting, realistic short story with some fine moments of raw human emotion which are very tangible.
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Review by: Linda Coffey on May 04, 2012 :
Enjoyed this very much. Very moving. It made me realize how much I miss my father.
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