The Spare Husband, a Short Story

The Spare Husband, a Short Story

by Angus Brownfield
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The Spare Husband, a Short Story by Angus Brownfield

Timing. Bad timing. Married too young, married before all the possibilities can be explored, Jack and Carol Bishop part ways but after the raw wounds heal become friends. Meanwhile, Jack maintains a perpetual letch for Lorna, Carol’s bridesmaid. Years later he discovers she always felt the same about him. Bad timing: now she’s married. Time had brought about another change in Carol’s life, a second husband cut down prematurely, leaving a sadder, wiser and strangely more alluring widow. Jack’s consoling takes a decidedly physical turn: now he can't get enough of Carol. She holds out for marriage and Jack, not getting any younger, accedes . . . only to learn Lorna’s a free woman. Bad timing.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940011260599
Publisher: Angus Brownfield
Publication date: 03/24/2011
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 66 KB

About the Author

Write what you know. I know me and I'm talking to you, reader, in the first person, not the anonymous third person, because when I write I write about me and the world that thrives around me. I wrote decent poetry in college, I couldn’t get the hang of short stories. I finished my first novel so many years ago writers were still sending their works to publishers instead of agents. My first novel was rejected by everyone I sent it to. The most useful rejection, by a Miss Kelly at Little, Brown, said something like this: “You write beautifully, but you don’t know how to tell a story.” Since then I've concentrated on learning to tell a good story. The writing isn’t quite so beautiful but it will do. Life intervened. Like the typical Berkeley graduate, I went through five careers and three marriages. Since the last I've been writing like there’s no tomorrow. I have turned out twelve novels, a smattering of short stories and a little poetry. My latest novel is the third in a series about a man who is not my alter ego, he’s pure fiction, but everyone he interacts with, including the women, are me. My title for this trilogy is The Libertine. Writers who have influenced me include Thomas Mann, Elmore Leonard, Albert Camus, Graham Greene, Kurt Vonnegut and Willa Cather. I don’t write like any of them, but I wish I did. I'm currently gearing up to pay attention to marketing. Archery isn’t complete if there’s no target. I've neglected readers because I've been compulsive about putting words down on paper. Today the balance shifts.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good job Angus Brownfield. Your story "The Spare Husband" was a bit of time travel for me: I found myself in the mood to put on a pair of slippers, light a pipe, and read for the sheer pleasure of it. The story carried echoes of writers like William Saroyan, writers who could chuckle at human foibles while remaining true to their deep love of our quaint confused species. Bring us some more. Please! (Caveat: This is a philosophical tale from a male viewpoint, ut is accessible to both men and women. In spite of the title, it's NOT a work of erotica for the lady who dreams of keeping a "spare husband" for that rainy day.)
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