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Charlie Dean’s real proud of his “string o’ pearls” – a long, ragged white scar running across his belly. Claims he got it the night he killed his girlfriend Sally’s old man back in Kansas. But only the bartender who was there the night before – the night Charlie done what he did – knows the true story behind that ugly old wound.

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Words: 5,680
Language: English
ISBN: 9781458121899
About B. E. Hopkins

B. E. Hopkins is a freelance writer and editor, and the author of The Impediments to Joy (a novel) and Model Homes (a short story collection).

His work has appeared in PEN International magazine, Steppe, Contrary, The Independent, and The Washington College Review, and he has translated catalogs for French artist Matthieu Kavyrchine, the Fondation Cartier, and the Fondation Christian et Yvonne Zervos.

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Review by: Lynnette Phillips on July 29, 2011 :
Charlie, his string of pearls & Patsy Cline made for great reading!

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Review by: Polly Mayforth Krause on June 09, 2011 : (no rating)

Loved your Kansas. Believable. Poignant. Sad. Jagged string of pearls, that is such a great metaphor for life. Thanks for sharing it so freely. You are gifted and I look forward to reading more.

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Review by: Taralynn on June 02, 2011 :
Great story - it left me wanting more!
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Review by: Ann Somerville on June 01, 2011 :
A really tight, well-written short. If this is typical of this author's writing, I'll be looking for more.
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