Storm - A Novella

Storm - A Novella

by Christopher Cook

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How does a boy become a man in the Deep South?

Not without a struggle.

This powerful novella of a young boy and his extended family in rural East Texas is reminiscent of Flannery O’Connor and William Faulkner both in the psychological complexity of its storytelling and in the music of its language. There is the boy and the stoic grandfather he worships, the vivacious mother he loves, the unemployed father he both admires and aches for, and the two violent uncles (“half man and half beast”) he fears. In that conflicted setting, the boy wonders what it means to be a man, if he can ever become one, and even if he wants to. After a killing partway through the story, the undercurrent of suspense builds to a climactic ending that is both highly dramatic and emotionally charged.

About the award-winning author Christopher Cook, reviewers have written:

“…a lyric voice that sings itself raw.”
—The New York Times

“…a master of setting, characterization, dialogue and narrative.”
—The Dallas Morning News

Product Details

BN ID: 2940012910318
Publisher: Christopher Cook
Publication date: 06/24/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 261 KB

About the Author

Christopher Cook (website: is the author of many short stories and the award-winning fiction books "Robbers" and "Screen Door Jesus & Other Stories", both available in e-book editions.

His other recent e-book releases are the novella "Storm" and the award-winning short story “The Pickpocket”.

A native of the U.S., since 1994 he has lived in France, the Czech Republic, and Mexico. Christopher’s books are available in numerous foreign editions, and his stories have been included in many anthologies, including Houghton Mifflin’s "The Best American Mystery Stories 2003". His memoir essay “Full Moon Over Bohemia,” set in the Czech Republic, was selected for "The Best Travel Writing 2006" anthology from Traveler’s Tales.

"Screen Door Jesus" has been made into a feature movie, and "Robbers" is under film option in the U.S.

Most recently, Christopher is working on another novel.

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