David S. Coppolaberg is an accomplished short story writer of cult popular fame. He packs more into a short story than any other writer. He has corresponded with the best, Joseph Heller, Norman Mailer, John Updike and many others. His stories are notorious for making the reader think, feel and be left wanting more. He enters the psyche like no other author.
Bad Women, Lies & Deceptionby David S. Coppolaberg
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David S. Coppolaberg’s masterwork, Bad Women, Lies & Deception contains fourteen never before read great short stories. This is the most thought provoking collection of stories written in modern times. The author was once compared to Hemingway, but his stories have more depth, mystery and mastery of the craft of writing. The material in this collection is original, unforgettable of a high standard found no where else in the world.
1. A Little Night Music deals with a dying man who remembers the greatest moments of his life caused by his involvement with a really bad, psyche-breaking woman. It has been years since she ended the relationship. She calls. He goes to her determined not to be taken back out of pity.
2. A Home of Our Own is about a man who wants to disinter a woman so that he can be with her throughout all eternity.
3. A Rainy Night In Sheridan involves a highly dysfunctional family, mis- identification leading to death and an estranged husband and wife brought together to view the dead body of their only child. A girl who is adventurous in booze, sex and drugs.
4. A Summer Memory revolves around a lonely small boy who lives in a strange rural town. His only friend is a bizarre old lady who lives at the end of a dead end street. His father is a headhunter come to shut down the main industry of this small town. His mother is a hypochondriac. Little does he know that his new friend is considered crazy by the town.
5. Anvil follows a boy who cannot comprehend the silence of his dad or the burn marks on his arms. Often he has seen the murderous rage in his dad’s eyes. But it is only when he learns of his dad’s dark secret that he can come to call him father.
6. Kicks is about a man who abuses his wife and only child, a son. He kills the boy’s
dog. They live in poverty in a trailer park until one night the man’s truck is hit by a drunken teen who runs a stop sign. The man is left a paraplegic. This doesn’t stop his abusive nature. Even from his wheelchair he continues to abuse his family. The story centers around the son who knows that only he can save himself and his mother.
7. His Widow’s Cockatoo finds a man who was cheated on in life by an unfaithful wife comes back as a cockatoo in a pet store. He has the memories of the man but is powerless to do anything about it. One day the unfaithful wife and her new husband come into the pet store to buy a cockatoo. He remembers the woman and knows the man is the one his wife had an affair with.
8. It’s Bad Luck To Die, Hem is a semi-biographical look at Hemingway’s last days and the influence his move to Ketchum, Idaho has on a small boy. The boy wants to be a writer, sportsman and war hero just like his idol. The boy is about to knock on Hemingway’s front door when he hears the terrible roar of a shotgun and sees the blood splattered on the door’s glass pane.
9. Mirror traps two men in a deadly murder of two nuns who live across the hall.
10. On The Night Train boards a married woman who lured a new employee into an affair. She has a high-moral reputation but no one at the Christian publishing company where she is a supervisor knows of her hunger for younger men. After she has gotten what she wants she lies to the head of the company about how the young man has been calling her on the phone making inappropriate remarks. The young man is fired believing that the woman loves him and that it has all been a big misunderstanding. She is taking the night train home when a stranger sits beside her, the lover of the young man who has come for revenge.
11. New Antique is a comedy of errors revolving around a greedy family who thinks it is preying on the one family member who has made a success of his life.
12. Ho Bai Chi translates as Ho the idiot. Ho is a Chinese peasant who has the only plot of land that is productive in his region of China. He does carpentry work for the Catholic Church and the Jewish Synagogue. Everyone has considered him stupid since he was a small boy. Of course, he is anything but and rises above them in his intelligence and moral bearings. When an infant girl is left on his doorstep on a cold snowy winter’s night it is up to Ho to save the child and himself.
13. Quiet, Good Neighbor contains one of the most horrific examples of a low-level nuclear explosion in America ever written. A family moves into the house across the street. A man, a woman and a boy. They are mid-eastern. The old man who lives across the street befriends them and tries to teach the boy how to fish and play catch. Both families become good friends. But the old man doesn’t know that a suitcase nuke is hidden in the backyard of the good neighbor’s backyard under a rose bush. The boy is sent by his father on a suicide mission with the nuke in hi
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