In this collection of intense short stories, Consuela goes about her morning chores on the farm she and her husband have shared and worked for better than 50 years. But this morning he seems to be sleeping longer than usual. In "A Shiny Life," an elderly woman is last seen on a soggy, dreary day by two of her neighbors who are playing checkers on a porch. Neither of the men ostensibly know her all that well, but maybe one knows her better than he lets on. A young family comes to town a few days later looking for the woman, and they're even less familiar with her than the men are. In "Bird Huntin'" a warm tale of friendship necessarily takes a sharp turn down a dark path, and in "Do What's Right" the story continues. In "Keep Calm & Carry On," a sniper team is out to get the guy they've been hunting, and who's been hunting them, for several days. Who knew trout fishing on a wild river in the deep woods of America could have such an impact on an intense, deadly mission? These stories will remind you of Ernest Hemingway's work in the later years.
About the Author
Harvey Stanbrough is an award winning writer and poet who was born in New Mexico, seasoned in Texas, and baked in Arizona. Twenty-one years after graduating from high school in the metropolis of Tatum New Mexico, he matriculated again, this time from a Civilian-Life Appreciation Course (CLAC) in the US Marine Corps. He follows Heinlein’s Rules avidly and most often may be found Writing Off Into the Dark.
Harvey has written and published 36 novels, 7 novellas. almost 200 short stories and the attendant collections. He's also written and published 16 nonfiction how-to books on writing.
More than almost anything else, he hopes you will enjoy his stories.