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Book Title: Jackson Street and Other Soldier Stories|
The author of the book: John A. Miller
Edition: Orloff Press
Date of issue: February 1st 1995
ISBN 13: 9780964294936
Format files: PDF
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For many young men and women in rural America, the armed services have long represented a ticket to a wider world. The eleven stories in John A. Miller's extraordinary debut illuminate the irony that lurks behind that tradition: there is no escaping a soldier's life. With a clear voice and stark power, Miller draws us into the unexplored lives of these soldiers - and their lovers, acquaintances, and kin - revealing the often unexpected consequences of military service. Richly evocative and quietly devastating, these stories chronicle a world both haunted by sadness, and sustained by hope.
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Read information about the authorMy art career began on something of a down note when I was informed by a 5th grade art teacher that, in her considered opinion, I couldn't draw a straight line with a ruler (this was back in the day before the concept of self-esteem had blossomed like a flower—or a weed, depending upon your point of view—in the barren fields of primary school pedagogy). Many years were to pass before I realized that art consists of very few straight lines. Thus liberated I threw away my extensive collection of rulers and embarked on a voyage of artistic discovery that continues to this day.
The development of my writing career followed a somewhat different path. After a rather varied business career (a few hits, a few runs, a few errors) I decided, pretty much out of the blue, to become a writer. When confronted with the dismay of trusted associates (most of whom were reasonably certain that I had lost my mind) I took comfort in the knowledge that even if I still couldn't draw straight lines I had always been able to write a reasonably coherent sentence (a heartfelt thank you here to all my junior and high school English teachers who accepted no excuses when it came to learning the basic rules of grammar). What I knew about the craft of creative writing could have easily fit in a very small box, but I optimistically (some said foolishly) persevered, and, to some degree serendipitously, one good thing led to another. My first collection of short stories, Jackson Street and Other Soldier Stories won the California Book Award for First Fiction, and is now available as an eBook download at Amazon (Kindle), Apple (iBooks), and Barnes & Noble (Nook). My first two mystery/suspense novels, Cutdown and Causes of Action, were published by Pocket Books. My third and fourth novels, Tropical Heat and Coyote Moon were published by Forge (Tropical Heat is now available as a Kindle download from Amazon). My newest novel, The Power of Stones, has just been published as an eBook and is now available for download at Amazon. My short fiction has appeared in, among others, The William & Mary Review, Crosscurrents, The Missouri Review, North Dakota Quarterly, and Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine.
The cat's name, by the way, is Della, after Della Street, who was introduced in Erle Stanley Gardner's first Perry Mason novel, The Case of the Velvet Claws, published in 1933.
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