For Gary Hawken, life in a coma comes with few perks. Nurses care for him and people sit by his bed and tell him stories, but the glorious mess of life passes him by. In a world where survival depends on his ability to understand his stories, Gary must recognize the value of his own soul. A hypnotic tale of one man's struggle to find the truth in his own epic life.
"Whether To Wake Or Not To Wake"
Kyle lives a typical teen's life in Cedar Falls, Washington, with his Canadian expatriate parents who commit their lives to free expression. After Kyle's parents display paintings at their art gallery that depict the president as a terrorist and mass murderer, the feds shut down the gallery and brutally arrest Kyle's parents for subversive activities.
"Good listen for teenagers"
An ice storm. Two passengers stranded on a bus: a doctor who lost his passion for medicine long ago and a clown who no longer cares about being funny. The storm lasts well past the midnight hour. The world may choose this night to come to its end.
Acclaimed poet and novelist Mario Milosevic offers 100 sharp tales of employment - each exactly 100 words long. Sometimes shocking, sometimes poignant, but always enlightening and entertaining, these narratives bare the souls of laborers doing what they have to do to make a living.
"Little Shots of Working Life"
Follow the everyday adventures of coffee shop owners Terrastina and Mazolli and their precocious twin daughters. Laugh and cry alongside them as they manage their business and cope with the eccentric members of their small town community. A sweet story filled with love, humor, and penguins. You'll never look at a cup of joe the same way again.
"Terrastina and Mazoli"
Firefly, one of the river people, yearns to be an inker and tattoo giants, just like her mother. But one morning a rogue giant kidnaps her mother and takes her up to the plateau, a dangerous place for all river people. Firefly attempts to rescue her mother then learns her mother harbors a secret that calls into question everything Firefly ever believed about her people, her family, and herself.
"A world filled with wonder and myths"
A collection of poems by a noted Canadian American poet on the subject of the creatures we nurture, kill, admire, eat, hate, abandon, fear, cage, breed, protect, slaughter, love, envy, emulate, domesticate, curse, and ignore: animals of all shapes, sizes, and dispositions. Some of these poems have appeared previously in various magazines. The remainder are original to this volume.
Claypot Dreamstance wanders the streets of Portland, Oregon, drawing chalk portraits on walls and sidewalks. His only question: Why did God take away his young daughter? A broken man in a cruel world, Claypot lives in crippling grief on the verge of perpetual despair and searches for a way back to sanity. His only tool: his incredible artistic talent. His constant fear: nothing can save him from eternal sorrow and a downward spiral to oblivion. A tale of one man's search for meaning in a meaningless world.
Legend has it that Ernest Hemingway bet his fellow writers at the Algonquin Round Table that he could write a complete short story in six words. The other writers ponied up 10 bucks each, and Papa claimed the pot with possibly the saddest six words ever written: "For sale: baby shoes. Never worn." In this collection, Mario Milosevic offers 41 of his own very short stories. By turns funny, fantastic, witty, fabulous, and poignant, none are as brief as six words, but they all pack a punch and are guaranteed to intrigue, amuse, and move.