New PDF release: A Year of Lesser

By David Bergen

While Johnny thinks approximately Loraine and her contact, it's as though the Holy Spirit is tickling his backbone. yet Johnny is greater than tickled whilst he unearths out Loraine is pregnant along with his baby. An almost-saved Christian, a not-quite-sober alcoholic and part-time lover of Loraine, Johnny isn't really convinced the place his spouse Charlene matches into this advanced love triangle of ladies, males, wishes and fact. He's even much less definite the place Chris, Loraine's teenaged son, and Melody, Chris' pregnant female friend, belong in his existence as a husband, lover, and volunteer coordinator of the city of Lesser's teenager drop-in center.A feed offer salesman whose heritage extends basically so far as he can have in mind, Johnny longs for a religious salvation, yet unearths attractiveness and fact within the smooth, hot flesh of the ladies he loves. Charlene's ultimate, fiery fact lies in her lack of ability to come back to phrases with Johnny's earthly morality.

An terribly proficient new writer, Bergen achieves a finely tuned stability in his paintings: his tone is practical, shot with ironic perception, replete with dazzling, yet doubtless casually put common truths, seamlessly woven into an soaking up tale of individuals being affected by their souls in a small prairie city.

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It has a large plate-glass window; banks of fluorescent lights line the ceiling. There is no sign of furniture, however. No, on closer inspection there is exactly one chair set in the middle of the room. An old wooden chair, it has a back but no arms. It is a practical chair, and very plain. Someone is sitting in it. The picture has not stabilized entirely, and so we can make out the person in the chair only as a vague silhouette with blurred outlines. The room has the chilling air of a place that has been long abandoned.

This has been a drag for us, too. I mean, this was a case of assault with bodily injury. We could’ve called the cops. But then you guys would’ve had a little explaining to do, right? So just pay us our sixty-eight hundred yen and we’ll be satisfied. Won’t even charge you for the beer. ” The man stares at Kaoru with expressionless eyes. He looks up at the neon sign: Alphaville. He takes off a glove again, pulls a leather billfold from his jacket pocket, counts out seven thousand-yen bills, and lets them drop to his feet.

We are inside a Denny’s. ” Everything about the restaurant is anonymous and interchangeable. And almost every seat is filled. After a quick survey of the interior, our eyes come to rest on a girl sitting by the front window. Why her? Why not someone else? Hard to say. But, for some reason, she attracts our attention—very naturally. She sits at a four-person table, reading a book. Hooded gray parka, blue jeans, yellow sneakers faded from repeated washing. On the back of the chair next to her hangs a varsity jacket.

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