Stories tagged novel-excerpt


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In the cool, damp morning, Jeremiah trembled, from the weight of the gun, from fear he would miss.

Anesthesia (Revision)

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My shoes were a pair of open-toe, high-heel sandals, inset with tiny diamante flowers


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Being married has a distinct advantage...


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Her purse still hangs on the knob by the door, and seeing it is all that keeps Josh from freaking out because he knows she can’t go too far or too long without her purse.

Butterfly, a novel by Julie O’Yang (excerpt)

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‘So what exactly did you decide?'It was two years later that Sato-san put the question to me. The two of us had been hiding for two bloody years, moving about in the marshes along the river, living off small, skimpy meals. We couldn't turn back to our unit, because Cesaru…

Max & Julia

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I heard the basketball hitting the pavement in the park across the street, right outside our window... I heard it every day in an evenly spaced rhythm, as if it was keeping time, like a metronome on my life...

The thing about Mike...

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The thing about Mike is he's dead.

The Fourth

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Stepping out on the tennis court, Mary closed her eyes, briefly. This is what she knew. This was her space; her footprints were marked along the alley and along the baseline and at the net. So too were Penelope's, and her rival Drince and others. And wh

The Sweet Spot - Chapter One

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Now it was, distorted as it was through the sepia tones of mourning. It's that sweet spot - the place where fantasy and memory collide. It's what makes reality livable.

The Sweet Spot - Chapter 2

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I didn't know it at the time, but when our eyes closed and our lips met, we were both fantasizing about Derek Carter.

The Sweet Spot - Chapter 3

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Kyle showed up the next day for the funeral. And he brought a friend. Most of the morning had gone by in a blur, the endless Mass, the burial. I couldn't get past the feeling that I was playing a part in a movie, the mourning daughter. I was on…

Ave Maria: Part 6

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“I swear that man is a force of nature.” This was her mother's way of describing her father whenever her mother came too close to the precipice. While growing up, she could never allow herself to fully acknowledge the meaning behind her mother's…

The Sweet Spot - Chapter 4

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I'm pretty sure that I wasn't the only person ever to leave a beauty salon dolled up and ready take her life by the horns. But if I was a betting person, I'd lay odds that what happened to me next never happened to you.

Saying It - Chap. 5 of The Sweet Spot

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At every point in my life, I was acutely aware that somewhere out in the world, Kyle was there, doing something that very minute, and I wondered if he ever thought of me at all.

James the Least

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He turned to James, touched his elbow, whispered. “I’m not crazy.”