Tess and All Kinds

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Tess lives with Grandma Wilma now. Grandma manages a storage facility, and Tess watches people come and go. She places them in categories, and for a seven-year old she has some insightful thoughts.
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About Elaine L. Orr

Elaine L. Orr writes three mystery series, including the eleven-book Jolie Gentil cozy mystery series. Behind the Walls was a finalist for the 2014 Chanticleer Mystery and Mayhem Awards. The first book in her River's Edge series, From Newsprint to Footprints, came out in late 2015, and the Logland series began with Tip a Hat to Murder in 2016. Demise of a Devious Neighbor, the second River's Edge book, was a Chanticleer finalist in 2017. She also writes plays and novellas, including the one-act play, Common Ground published in 2015.

Her novella, Falling into Place, tells the story of a family managing the results of an Iowa father’s World War II experience with humor and grace. Another novella, Biding Time, was one of five finalists in the National Press Club's first fiction contest, in 1993. In the Shadow of Light is the fictional story of children separated from their mother at the US/Mexico border. Elaine conducts presentations and teaches online classes on book publishing and other writing-related topics. Nonfiction includes Writing in Retirement: Putting New Year's Resolutions to Work, and Words to Write By: Getting Your Thoughts on Paper.She graduated from the University of Dayton and the American University. A member of Sisters in Crime, Elaine grew up in Maryland and moved to the Midwest in 1994.

Her fiction and nonfiction are at all online retailers in all formats -- ebooks, paperbacks, large print, and (on Amazon, itunes, and Audible.com) audio in digital form. Support your local bookstore!

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Review by: Quin With a Purpose on Oct. 26, 2011 :
Just like poverty, one reads this and finds joy, simple family values, and a sense of longing for more. I quite enjoyed this little story as did I enjoy the simple need for belonging, belongings, memories, and personal space.

A great little quip for reminding people of how our things divide, come and go, and identify us, or hold us hostage.
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Review by: Bernard Fancher on Oct. 2, 2011 :
A slightly enigmatic little work, both pleasant and troubling. There are some beautiful sentences here, subtly symbolic. "It was windy now, and the breeze wandered behind her head and down the back of her neck." Soon the imagery expands to include a shell "rolled in a paper towel. She unwrapped it gently, looking at how the folds of the shell turned around on each other." A gift from her missing mother's boyfriend, it has "sleek lines and soft colors" and maybe "if she held it to her ears, she could hear the ocean." Finally, a pink barette (matching neither her shirts or single dress) subtly recalls not only the shell but the wind in her hair and the unheard sound of the ocean. Such language, rife with meaning and memory, defies easy explication. But it's entirely in keeping with the mood of this story and very gratifying to read.
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