Fragments of Philosophers' Stone: Essays and Stories

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Fragments is set in Southern California in the 1950s; the main character in the story is Joel Sheppard, a child growing up in the tough steel town of Fortuna. The chapters alternate between internal and external reflections on events, people, and circumstances shaping the boy’s life and future. The work is a detailed analysis of the negative socioeconomic forces often impacting young people. More

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About John Paddison

John H. Paddison is Professor Emeritus at Central Arizona College. He taught there and at several other colleges and universities after receiving his PhD from the University of Arizona. Paddison’s writing career started with numerous non-fiction publications in the education field and has since branched out to the fiction genre. Upcoming publications include a fictional work entitled "The Grapefruit Burners" and other short stories.

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