The Acorn Stories
About my paperback book The Acorn Stories.
You can order it from
most bookstores. Retailers can order it from Ingram Books; the ISBN is 0595288642. Please urge your
favorite bookstore to carry it! Details about the stories follow.
"Acorn": When we arrive at the fictional West Texas town of Acorn, the narrative keeps shifting between Regina and Dirk, who both seek control over their relationship.
"Flip, Turn": A different scene from the narrator's amusing but
unproductive life comes to him every time he turns to swim in the opposite direction.
"Keeping A Secret": A little boy wants to shield his mother and his little brother from a dangerous situation.
"Survival": A young teacher (both deaf and gay) clashes with his school's emphasis of uniformity over diversity and sports over academics.
"Paying The Rent": In this politically incorrect tale,
an inarticulate young man hopes to marry a rich woman so he can pay the
rent, but he finds her repulsive.
"Morgana Le Fay": A widow finds
her new romance disrupted by her Siamese cat's strange behavior.
"Your Daughter": Gretchen's approach to raising a daughter and
maintaining a marriage requires ignoring problems and carefully
"Knock": A father sees his daughter
abandon her Mexican heritage, and he now fears other types of abandonment.
"Come With Me": The conflictive influence of her overbearing sister and her supportive husband forces Becky to
re-evaluate her ambitions.
"Dead Enough": Farcical look at English
departments, tabloid TV, the publishing industry, and America's superstar culture.
"Mae": Standing by her husband's grave, an elderly woman looks back at the joys and challenges of marriage and
"Timothy Fast": In this satirical retelling of the Faustian myth, a Jewish businessman finds himself pulled into small-town politics.
"Mirrors: A Blackmail Letter": The owner of an art gallery becomes the target of a "family values" witch-hunt, spear-headed by Acorn's closeted (“ex-gay”) mayor.
"Echoes": A time of unexpected changes for Becky and her husband.
"Oak": Julie Briggs can only
talk to her mother by leaving messages on her answering machine, but she
refuses to give up her voice.
"Acorn Pie": An unusual weekend in the life of an unusual town.
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