NINETEEN UNICORNS A collection of 17 short stories and 2 novellas
(272 pages) $20.00
DINING with HITLER & HEMINGWAY A collection of 13 short stories
(101 pages) $15.00
The short stories in NINETEEN UNICORNS careen wildly through a sometimes humorous, sometimes frightening landscape that includes a man and his fish, a diabolical shipping clerk, haute cuisine for dogs, a modern fairy tale about motherly love, and a critical cocktail--all served with a twist.
PULP '73. "Drugs, sex, and rock 'n' roll!" George substitutes booze and jazz into the counterculture battle-cry, but he's just fine with the sex part as he battles through the 70's in his Bible Belt, Ohio home.
IXT. A young biologist's research brings him to Southeast Alaska. His unexpected entanglement with the denizens of Juneau's rowdy waterfront and the befriending of a mysterious old Indian set him off on a daring, life-altering adventure.
DINING with HITLER & HEMINGWAY takes the reader on a fast-paced excursion into a whole new world--a world where you can witness a hundred-foot-tall moose and an international food fight, or listen to an Amish blues singer. A constant theme through these meticulously crafted miniatures is an examination of ordinary things from unusual angles. Discussing Ernest Hemingway takes two old friends to a meat-packing plant. The pain of an impending death in a family is wrapped in a piece of sushi. A dinner-table argument reveals a mind-bending exploration of space and time. Visiting a fish market exposes a woman's life of quiet desperation. From the alcohol-fueled hallucinations of an Alaskan hermit to a boy's coming of age in rural Alabama, these tiny tales travel to destinations strange, heartbreaking, and funny. They contain thought-provoking and sometimes disturbing ideas, but a fresh, witty hand on the wheel keeps it a fun ride.
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