Breakfast at Earl's: A Collection of Short Fiction and Nonfiction

Breakfast at Earl's: A Collection of Short Fiction and Nonfiction

by Von V. Pittman

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Overview

Von Pittman's short story collection is a lesson in the shocking, heart-warming, and humorous finer points of life—that come to life as soon as you open the pages. The results of his tireless attention to detail and craft await you: lean, finely–honed stories with extraordinary characters, ones you will never forget. These stories will make you laugh and cry, and learn about your colleagues and acquaintances. Then you'll want to start all over again.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781942168690
Publisher: Aka Yola
Publication date: 08/06/2019
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.73(d)

About the Author

Von Pittman has had the honor and pleasure of administering programs and teaching in the distance education units of four first-rate state universities.
He has collected many prizes and awards for his writing, and his fiction and nonfiction has been published in many anthologies, magazines, and other publications dating from his working days to the present. Von is now retired and lives in Mid-Missouri.

Table of Contents

Introduction by Bridget Bufford ................. x

Formal Indoctrinations

Fiction

From Administrivia to Creativity ............... 3

Breakfast at Earl’s ....................................... 5

No Greater Crime ....................................... 12

The Interview ............................................. 15

Reduced Residency ..................................... 24

Strange Bedfellows ..................................... 29

Low Stakes ................................................. 37

A Talk with a Stranger .............................. 56

Tommy Hawk’s Boys .................................. 62

The Trail of the Ferret ............................... 69

Sky News .................................................... 93

Covering the Spread ................................. 99

At Alice’s ................................................... 117

Salty Waters

Fiction

Yankee Station: On the Line ................... 127

Obstacle Number Three .......................... 128

Laundry Bag: Green, Nylon .................... 138

Flank Speed ............................................. 147

Romeo Corpen .......................................... 157

Late Casualties ........................................ 164

Bad Day at Captain’s Mast ..................... 186

Choose Your Hell ...................................... 198

The Red Shirt Record ............................... 203

Nothin’ On Me .......................................... 213

Forgotten but Not Gone ........................... 218

Lee Harvey Oswald: Whistle and Thump ......... 228

Temp Work ............................................... 235

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes ........................ 240

Other Diversions

Barnstormers’ Trajectory ......................... 245

The Last Studebaker ............................... 258

A Hazard to Navigation ........................... 261

Low Inside Heat ....................................... 266

Return to the Real World ......................... 273

Squelching the Smart–Ass ........................ 279

Deary Doubles .......................................... 288

A Thirst in Prague .................................... 294

Soulful Reassurances ............................... 298

Fun In Gotham ......................................... 305

About the Author ....................................... 315

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