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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About Tony Acree

Tony Acree is is both an award winning author and publisher. His small press publishing house, Hydra Publications, won the Jason Sizemore award for outstanding small press. His latest novel, Revenge, was winner of best thriller novel at Imaginarium, one of the region’s largest’s writers conferences. All four of his novels are Amazon bestsellers.

Tony lives near Goshen Kentucky with his wife, twin girls, two female dogs, a female cat, and the way the goldfish looks at him, he believes she’s female too.

His work has appeared in Kentucky Monthly Magazine, The Cumberland, and Women of Curves Magazine. You can email him at

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Review by: David Blake on June 5, 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. 5, 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 5, 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 4, 2012 :
Enjoyed this very much. Very moving. It made me realize how much I miss my father.
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