"Deep in my heart, I know there’s no promise I’ll be free from trouble in this life. In fact, I’m usually either getting out of trouble, currently in trouble, or about to meet trouble around the next corner."...... I hope you'll stick around for my "Lucille Ball/Gracie Allen" adventures. It promises to be a wild ride.
I was born in Columbia, South Carolina, and now live with my wife and daughter in South Orange, New Jersey. In between, I've lived in Charlotte, Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, and elsewhere; taught creative writing at The Ohio State University, Butler University, and Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis; and worked as executive editor of Story, editor at large of Zoetrope: All-Story, editor of Novel & Short Story Writer's Market, and as a freelance editor and writer. I've also been on staff at the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley. I received a BA in English and political science from Case Western Reserve University as well as an MA in English and an MFA in creative writing from Ohio State. I'm the grateful recipient of grants, fellowships, and scholarships from the Indiana Arts Commission, Arts Council of Indianapolis, Ohio Arts Council, and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference (including a 1996 work-study scholarship and the 2008 Allan Collins Fellowship in Fiction). My first novel, What You Have Left, was published in 2007 by Free Press, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. Paperback and audio book editions were published in 2008. A paperback reissue is due out in April 2011, and my second novel, Long Drive Home, will be published by Free Press in May 2011.
Sins of the
father and the innocence of a child; oh, what a tangle web we weave, when at
first we do deceive. I read this book in one sitting. It was a book that I
could not make myself put down. It held me spellbound. It brought back thoughts
of things I have done that could have taken a very wrong turn. I guess that
makes this confession time.
along a bayou going that runs to the gulf; one road in, and one road out. Due
to a bridge closure, the traffic has been very heavy. I was on my way back from
the market the other day and a truck came up behind me at a higher rate of
speed, and began following very close. The driver was driving erratically and
it was making me nervous. It is a two-lane highway and very few passing
straight aways. You can only drive as fast or as slow as the car in front of
you. It is a test for any person’s patience and this day was no different. I
normally show my brake lights and slow down a little to get the vehicle behind
me to back off a little. It gets the other driver’s attention and they realize
that they are a little too close. That morning, the driver was extremely
aggressive and the first opportunity he had, he roared past me, cut back in front
of me nearly clipping my vehicle and slammed on his brakes. Fortunately, my
instincts had kicked in as he was passing me and I backed off for my safety.
When he cut back in and slammed his brakes, I was stilled forced to slam on my
brakes in order to avoid hitting him. He then floored it and proceeded to pass
two more cars. A simple tactic, meant to garner attention to safety, which has
worked so many times in the past, pushed someone over the edge.
stunned. As my mind began to organize my thoughts, all of the scenarios of what
could have happened began flashing through my brain. That is what this book is
about; the consequences of our actions, how the most mundane or unusual
happenings have an effect on our reactions to everything else for the rest of
the day. It is about how rage, in its smallest form, can have catastrophic
consequences on our own lives, and those who are dearest to us. This story
chronicles how a sliver of anger can turn us into someone we cease to
myself, repeatedly, holding my breath, and having to remind myself to breathe
as I was reading this book. The characters are so real. The character’s
reactions are so real. As I sat there with this book in my hands, I felt as
though I could have been reading about my own life; I think you will too.
I am giving
this book the highest rating. If you would like to read this book, you can
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