From romantic comedy to razor-sharp satire to moments of quiet reflection, Duane Simolke's award-winning tales transform a fictional West Texas town into a tapestry of human experiences.
"A well-crafted collection of short stories."
--L. L. Lee, author of Taxing Tallula
"It was a real pleasure to read about the fictional town of Acorn, Texas, and get to meet all the different and varied people that Mr. Simolke so eloquently fleshed out."
--Mark Kendrick, author of Desert Sons
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It was a real pleasure to read about the fictional town of Acorn, Texas, and get to meet all the different and varied people that Mr. Simolke so eloquently fleshed out. (author of "Desert Sons")
A well-crafted collection of short stories. (author of "Taxing Tallula")
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The Acorn Stories is a collection of short stories revolving around life in small town, Acorn, Texas. The book is full of quirky characters - Some likable and some, not so much. The stories cover a bit of everything that small town life entails, from the don't know what you've got til it's gone romance to the dedicated teacher to nosy neighbors, etc. The point is these people could be anywhere in any small town, including your own. Some stories grabbed my attention quicker than others and naturally, I enjoyed some more than others, but the book is certainly worth a read and each tale is a good length for taking your time through the book or binge reading the whole thing. The author has a unique writing style. It's rather succinct, without all the fluff and frills, and it did take me a bit to get comfortable with it, but once I did, I did enjoy the read.
Welcome to Acorn, Texas, a small town probably like ANY town, but instead of driving past it, Duane Simolke is going to let us in on what goes on behind closed doors. It may take a village to raise a child, but that same village could also drive the poor kid crazy! THE ACORN STORIES are short, yet fascinating glimpses into the lives of some of the people who make up Acorn. Get ready for a Peeping Tom’s Eye View of the likable, the not-so-likable and just plain unique citizens of Acorn. People who were never on your radar come alive with Duane Simolke’s relaxed tone and you feel as if you are part of their world. Now, whether that’s good or bad depends on each story, because these people are as flawed as we are, and just as quirky as your neighbor may see you! You will find heroes, like the deaf and gay teacher who cares about his students and their potential. Then there is the political vendetta the mayor champions against and art store. Let’s not forget the gossips, the kindhearted and the innocents who are the perfect targets to be used. You will rage, laugh, and shake your heads at some of what goes on in Acorn, then before you know it, you feel you belong, that you know these people, warts and all. Duane Simolke has a folksy way of storytelling, making readers want to pull up a chair and sit a spell, lost in his words and the voices of his characters! When all is said and done, one realizes that people like those in Acorn could be a neighbor, could be part of your town and everyone has a story to tell because that’s life and sometimes it shakes your foundations and sometimes it makes you laugh! It’s the differences in people that make the world go round. I received a complimentary copy from BooksGoSocial!
I found this delightful collection of related short stories to be fully engaging! I was completely drawn into these true-to-life vignettes of a fictional small town. I grew up in a small town, and found so much to relate to in these stories. While the setting of west Texas is Duane’s choice, these people could really fit in a small town anywhere. I really enjoyed the structure of the book, the way Duane had characters popping in and out of different situations. Some of these made me laugh, some of these brought tears to my eyes. I found the common thread of acceptance flowing in and around each of the stories. My first thought after reading the book was to read it again, so I could have a greater appreciation for the intertwined relationships! One read through Acorn Stories is not enough. I loved this book so much. You will love it too for the regionalism and the glimpse into life in a small American town. Acorn Stories gets a score of 4.7 of 5 Stars. The score would have been higher except for a small handful of spelling errors.
Duane Simolke¿s, 'The Acorn Stories,' is set in the fictional West Texas town of Acorn, so named because it¿s the only town in the entire region that has trees, thanks to the foresight of its founders. The stories are a compilation of vignettes that give the reader a glimpse into the everyday happenings of a group of residents whose lives, we learn as the chapters unfold, interconnect in fascinating and unexpected ways. With each new story, or chapter, the reader is introduced to a new character. The stories and lives of the citizens of Acorn interweave, turning 'The Acorn Stories' into what is essentially a novel¿quite a feat for the author to accomplish in a relatively short book. Simolke allows the reader peeks into the thoughts of diverse characters, from a policeman's recollection of his abusive childhood, to the befuddled thoughts of a senile old man. We see events from the points of view of a deaf man who manages to do a good job as the high school¿s English teacher, an esteemed best selling author desperately trying to escape life's travails, and a young couple who find love and, like it or not, become parents at a most unexpected time and place¿the opening of an Art Gallery that happens to be owned by the teacher¿s boyfriend. A small example of how the stories go around. ¿The Acorn Stories¿ allows the reader an understanding of the human condition. We learn what makes each individual¿s personality tick. Simolke¿s characters are male and female, young and old, black and white, rich and poor, gay and straight, handicapped and gifted, happy and sad, satisfied and searching, hypocritical and fair-minded. The ability to depict such a wide cross section of humanity, including details of each character¿s breadth of knowledge and experience, takes a talented, insightful author, and Duane Simolke is such a writer. I dislike giving ratings to books¿they are too subjective¿but The Acorn Stories deserves 5 stars as a very intelligently written book. Don¿t miss it.
Here's a collection of insightful short stories by Duane Simolke to put right any misconcepton that there's anything even vaguely Edenesque about living in small-town rural America. Not that that's a bad thing, mind you! Life could never be as picture-perfect, innocent, wonderful, peaceful, crime-free, simple ... ad infinitum ... as people reminiscing of 'life down on the farm' would have us believe. Believe that it is, and you'll be the first to have someone knocking on your door and successfully selling you ocean-front property in Texas. And speaking of Texas (west Texas, to be more specific), that's where Acorn, the small town of which Simolke writes, is located. Acorn being one of the common factors that holds together this array of sixteen short stories that exquisitely plumbs the depths of small-town angst and lays bare the existing insecurities, jealousies, hates, loves, fears, and rampant dysfunctionality usually only associated with big-city living. As characters from one story suddenly turn up in another, as plots intermingle, as personality traits of protagonists from one story are explained away in another segment of Acorn's chronicles, it's made more than clear that no one is ever going to find peace of mind anywhere (no matter his or her geographical location), except inside himself/herself. To reach that realization, in itself, is well worth the price of admission charged by Simolke's book publisher for this literary peek beneath the oh-so-false down-on-the-farm veneer of rural small towns like Acorn, west Texas.