With the release of Indy Writes Books: A Book Lover’s Anthology nearing, I thought I’d offer y’all a snippet of my short story contribution, called Finding Eudora. I’m so excited for this book and the organization it will benefit.
I hope this little teaser will help convince you to buy a copy and tell your friends. Literacy is so important, and a strikingly high number of folks in our city alone (over 100,000) need assistance learning to read. Consider helping them. And in the meantime, enjoy a bit of my short story.
“It had been startling and disappointing to me to find out that story books had been written by people, that books were not natural wonders, coming up of themselves like grass.” ~Eudora Welty
DUE DATE: 11 APR 14
The slow death of words began for Zoe sometime between Watership Down in fourth grade and the completion of her college senior thesis on Walt Whitman. She’d read and studied hundreds of stories, books and poems in between, but her enthusiasm for words fell like a helium balloon, at first full and red, tugging against its tether then hovering low until it fell wrinkled and limp to the floor. As far as Zoe was concerned, Faulkner could take his pipe and smoke it. Hemingway was a selfish bastard for killing off so much raw talent. The words of T.S. Eliot fell flat and hard like the stony rubbish of ‘The Waste Land.’ And Kurt Vonnegut, she was so over him. The guy deserved accolades about as much as he deserved the Purple Heart he got for suffering from frostbite during WWII. She knew her old professors and classmates would chastise her for her unjust haughtiness, but she couldn’t help it. Years of dissecting the arrangement of morphemes and homonyms, vernacular and verbs hardened Zoe’s heart to the magic, the same way a seasoned homicide detective can smoke and laugh over a bludgeoned corpse. Letters on pages had become nothing more than fonts, rounded serifs tumbling over each other, lost.
Zoe pushed the last of the books retrieved from the night drop—Danielle Steele’s Fine Things and JB Stanley’s Carbs and Cadavers among them—through the library’s automated scanner until the computer screen bleeped an acknowledgement next to the lending patron’s name. She shook her head and mumbled, “Well who’dve thought…”
To read the rest of my short story and other fabulous prose and poems, be sure to pre-order (now) or pick up (starting November 25th) your copy of the Indy Writes Books: A Book Lover’s Anthology benefitting Indy Reads! I’m so thrilled and grateful to be a part of this project. Literacy has always been a passion of mine, and this organization does incredible things to help folks of all ages learn to read.
Indy Writes Books, A Book Lovers Anthology includes works by the following authors, poets, and puzzle makers: John David Anderson, Victoria Barrett, Frank Bill, Ray Boomhower, Mary Susan Buhner, Lorene Burkhart, Michael Dahlie, Cathy Day, Carol Faenzi, Terence Faherty, John Green, Lou Harry, Liza Hyatt, Angela Jackson-Brown, Lyn Jones, Jeff Knurek & David Hoyt, Karen Kovacik, Norbert Krapf, Bonnie Maurer, Susan Neville, Will Shortz, Barb Shoup, Amy Sorrells, Gordon Strain & Dianne Moneypenny, Larry Sweazy, Dan Wakefield, and Ben Winters. It is edited by M. Travis DiNicola and Zach Roth, with an introduction by Dan Wakefield. Design by Amy McAdams.