Chewed Confessions

Chewed Confessions

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What if each piece of discarded gum could tell the story of how it got there? Chewed Confessions, a series of thought-provoking linked short stories by Cheryl Kirwan, uses this inventive supposition to share a variety of human experiences, as related by the animated stick of gum that traveled with each person on a given day. From this intimate vantage, these humorous, heartfelt stories together explore a broad spectrum of everyday life, from affairs of the heart to matters of conscience. With rich insight and reflection, this original work of literature reveals the daily struggles we all face with doing the right thing.

In this series of diverse short stories, each unique gum narrates the thoughts and actions of the characters once it enters his or her mouth. Each particular character and story is interlaced with the characters in the other short stories as friends or as family. Each gum has its own flavor, and its own insightful understanding of the journey they are taking.

With compassion and clarity, Chewed Confessions offers a rare vantage into nine lives confronting love, disappointment, disgrace, moral dictates, and more, as they chew through one day in their lives and all that it brings with it. At first savored, then ultimately discarded, each flavor has a story to tell about the human experience, one piece of gum at a time.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781481003988
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/01/2013
Pages: 178
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.38(d)

About the Author

ABOUT AUTHOR
Kirwan is a business woman inspired to write Chewed Confessions by a storytelling game she created which follows the travels of discarded gum. Years later, while on a business trip in Manhattan, she noticed an amazing amount of discarded gum on the sidewalks and thought it would be interesting if each one of those pieces of gum could share the adventure they spent with their human host, and-
Chewed Confessions was born.

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ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite In Chewed Confessions by Cheryl Kirwan, we follow several pieces of gum as they get chewed, and learn all about the people who chomp on them. The pieces of gum are personified into thinking, breathing, and reflecting "people" and can converse with each other about their day after they have been spat out and tossed away. Each piece has its own story, as does the person who chewed it. While the people might not wish to confess their deepest, innermost thoughts to others, there isn't much they can hide from something quite literally right inside their own mouths.  I did not expect such interesting short stories to come from something as cute as the idea of what flavor gum they chewed. Told with a rather skeptical perspective, with some notes of warmth and the strength of human compassion, this story was as reflective of normal life as the evening news, perhaps more so because we get to see inside a character's head without bias, from an outside perspective - their gum. From the narcissistic online dater to the troubled construction company owner, we get to see clear flashes of these peoples' lives, thoughts, and days and it offered a unique glimpse into the human condition.  Cheryl Kirwan exhibits an in-depth knowledge about people's minds and habits that is, at times, very frightening! She knows what people do, how they do it, and why, and it made for a very entertaining piece because of this. Chewed Confessions is chick lit of another kind. It isn't fluffy and light; it's real and meaningful!