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Of Foster Homes and Flies

By: Chad Lutzke
Narrated by: Michael C. Gwynne
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Publisher's summary

A neglected 12-year-old boy does nothing to report the death of his mother in order to compete in a spelling bee. A tragic coming-of-age tale of horror and drama in the setting of a hot New Orleans summer.

©2016 Chad Lutzke (P)2016 Chad Lutzke

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"Lutzke is firing on all cylinders. It's a lean, mean, emotional machine. Coming-of-age presented in a fresh direction. Bearing tremendous emotional weight and heart. It made me cry." (John Boden, author of Jedi Summer and Dominoes)
"Disturbing, often gruesome, yet poignant at the same time, Chad Lutzke's Of Foster Homes and Flies is one of the best dark coming-of-age tales I've read in years. You'll laugh (sometimes when you know you shouldn't), you'll cry, you'll find yourself wondering how soon you can read more of this guy's work. Highly recommended!" (James Newman, author of Midnight Rain, Ugly as Sin, and Odd Man Out)
" Of Foster Homes and Flies by Chad Lutzke is a lovely addition to the coming-of-age subgenre. He creates in the character of Denny an authentic young man with passions and foibles, someone easy to relate to and root for. The novella hits all the right notes you expect out of a coming of age tale, while also providing a plot that has originality and surprises." (Mark Allan Gunnells, author of Flowers in a Dumpster and The Summer of Winters)

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A Gripping Coming of Age Tale

This was my introduction to Lutzke’s writing and will certainly not be the last piece of fiction by this author that I’ll read. Though short in pages, Of Foster Homes and Flies is a gut-wrenching, unflinching tale of neglect, love lost, and the seemingly bleak light at the end of the tunnel. Lutzke packs a ton into such a short piece.