Overview

In the gritty American South, two small brothers are watching as their life crumbles around them. And since they know nothing different, they tell the story they see, in unschooled language that says more than it knows. Since their mother left them, their father has fallen into a drunken depression. Worse yet, their ramshackle house was built on a limestone bed and is falling fast into a sinkhole.

In the face of this despair, the two little ...
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Funeral Games

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Overview

In the gritty American South, two small brothers are watching as their life crumbles around them. And since they know nothing different, they tell the story they see, in unschooled language that says more than it knows. Since their mother left them, their father has fallen into a drunken depression. Worse yet, their ramshackle house was built on a limestone bed and is falling fast into a sinkhole.

In the face of this despair, the two little boys cling to hope and find humor and resilience. They entertain themselves the best way they know, by giving each other mock funerals, while Mr. Tock and others desperately try to save the family.



Originally published in The Oyster Boy Review literary journal, "Funeral Games" is .
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013218307
  • Publisher: Baker Lawley
  • Publication date: 10/1/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 180 KB

Meet the Author

Baker Lawley has always been a storyteller. His second word was a lie, blaming an upturned bowl of cereal on his older sister by saying her name. (His first word was "ball.") At the age of five, he rewrote the ending to Stuart Little on the last few blank pages of his worn paperback copy, and he's been a writer and storyteller ever since, going on to study literature in college, then creative writing in graduate school, then teaching creative writing at the college level for over fifteen years.

Baker writes in many genres, including young adult novels, Southern-gothic short stories, and guides for writers.

Baker's stories have been published in prestigious literary journals like Copper Nickel, The Cream City Review, Eleven Eleven, and The Southeast Review. He's won emerging artist grants from the Jerome Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts Board.

Awards and publications are nice, but what Baker loves best is writing stories and guides that reach his readers deeply. You can follow the author and contact him at his website, www.bakerlawley.com or at his blog about the creative living in a conformist world, at www.catfishparade.com.
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