Stories tagged novel-excerpt

The Carolina Motel, Bar & Grill

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I always give him extra hush puppies ‘cause they’re the best in the world and, frankly girl, the man’s a damn good tipper.

Alchemy explained

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Turning lead into gold, water to wine, crackers into wedding cakes.

I didn't know Nostradamus played in McNamara's band (Novel - excerpt)

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Then he wanted to touch it, to catch the world in the changeling moment of this magical light ...

Other People's Houses

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This house held the family's private fears, longings, and secrets. And it's clear they had loved the house. They'd settled in. They'd meant to stay. Things had been good for them, and then they went bad.

They say the neon lights are bright ...

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In 1958 the Pope declared Saint Claire the patron saint of television. Don’t ask me why.

Other People's Houses

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He could be such an asshole, but sweet, too, when he shucked off his clothes. Sometimes I think if he hit on me for breakup sex, I might say yes.

Oh, where have you gone, Norma Jeane, Norma Jeane?

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Yeah, I guess I fell in love with Marilyn, just like everybody, everybody. She was the essence of something, vulnerability, maybe, and some indefinable or unutterable other thing.

Son of Man (Novel Excerpt)

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The sound grew in volume, intensity. What is that? It was a plane.

Rescuing Ranu

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Jackson had not left the university. Nela only found out this fact the following weekend, when she collided with him at a department function. “You!” she said. “You look surprised,” he said, …

Yet another, as Icarus, though waxless and featherless, falls

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Jumping was easy.

The domino theory

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By way of warning - Contains explicit violence -

Okatooga Warhammer

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They looked like girl's jeans. Matt held them against himself in the mirror. Not that girl's jeans were a mark against them. Usually, girls had better jeans anyway. Matt took two of the biggest pairs out of the big chest in his grandmother's back…

Closing time at the Down and Dirty Tavern

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It’s waking up half drunk when the lights get flashed on and off and the bartender growls, “Last call.”

Okatooga Warhammer

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They looked like girl’s jeans. Matt held them against himself in the mirror. Not that girl’s jeans were a mark against them. Usually, girls had better jeans anyway. Matt took two of the biggest pairs out of the big chest in his grandmother’s back closet.

We Don't Need a Guitar Man

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The courtroom smelled a lot like mold and it was hot as you could imagine. I sweated through my shirt and wondered if he wasn’t dying under his robe. He looked down at me from his bench and I just knew he was going to call me a commie and sentence me to l