A newlywed struggles with mental health and job insecurity, but finds joy in her artwork and marriage.
A teacher faces bigotry in the small town he grew to love.
Swimming laps in a pool makes a young man reflect on his odd encounters.
Faustian legend receives a satirical update.
Those situations just hint at what readers can find in Duane Simolke’s collection of West Texas tales, set at the end of the twentieth century.
“A lush tangle of small-town life branches out in this engrossing collection of short stories.” –Kirkus Reviews
“There are people that you like, some that you can’t wait to see if they get theirs.” –Joe Wright, StoneWall Society
“A well-crafted collection of short stories.” –L. L. Lee, author of Taxing Tallula
“Duane Simolke is one of our great American writers just ready to be recognized as such. He has the talent and the imagination and the humanity and the perspective to make each of our lives richer. Bravo!” –Grady Harp, Amazon Hall of Fame Reviewer
“Each story is intertwined rather than just there for entertainment and each character is well-defined and the humor throughout the book makes it a pleasure and an easy and enjoyable read.” –Chandler, Amazon Hall of Fame Reviewer