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“Some may think short stories would not be able to contain such strong characters and themes or that a story told in one chapter cannot evoke a lot of emotion from the readers, but Of Dust and Tides manages to encompass those elements in its stories.”
Chance encounters, voices from the past, or challenging choices can change the course of a life. In this short story collection, young people starting on their journey to full adulthood find themselves on unexpected paths.
THE NORMAL FILE – A young Army veteran struggles to find a new life, and gets help from a childhood friend with issues of her own.
OLLIE’S DAUGHTER – An 18-year-old girl is determined to know if she is the daughter of a rock god.
PORTRAIT OF JORI – The day a beleaguered art student learns he will graduate he’s offered an incredible opportunity.
SICK GRANDMA – English Comp ain’t what it used to be.
WALKING WILD – A sensitive, sheltered, but spirited girl’s first experience with the bar scene.
DOUBLE VISION – A legally blind young woman has a vision.
ESCAPE – A distraught son seeks to break free.
IMPURE EARTH – Hundreds of years after nuclear holocaust, society has been remade.
Take eighteen-year-old Dorrie who sets off on a mission to find a long-absent father, Ollie, and discovers the meaning of rock gods, accidents of birth, and blood ties…For a different perspective, turn to Portrait of Jori, in which an art student’s life is changed by the man he becomes involved with…Another powerful winner is Impure Earth, where the world is unprepared for a challenge to the status quo…
Each very different tale presents stories of survival, confrontation and change; and each follows characters that grow from their encounters.” – D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review