Western Swing: and other stories

Western Swing: and other stories

by John Thomas Baker


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Following the publication of his counter-cultural novel of the 1970's era, The Green And The Blonde, John Thomas Baker now brings the reader six short stories, each exploring a variety of circumstances within the human dynamic. In 'Failure to File' a tax accountant meets an unexpected client, prompting a reminder of his own individual struggle. A thirty-something waiter argues his case against the changes occurring in his current hometown. ('Table Six'). In 'Wedding of the Week' members of a family reflect on the difficulties of their past. In 'The Laws of Nature According to Ballpark Frank' Sean McAllister returns from the "G&B", crossing paths with a man in Pollard Creek who lives a life without restraint. In 'The Secret', a young girl of eighteen goes on a 1940's journey to escape a sin she mistakenly commits. And in the title piece, 'Western Swing', a sister and brother meet for a road trip to their birthplace in the Great Northwest, while mulling the time and changes facing their lives. Six stories, six narratives of American time and place. A must read.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780989033619
Publisher: Lost Wages Publishing Company LLC
Publication date: 12/11/2019
Series: None
Pages: 244
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author

Born in Wilmington, Delaware. Grew up in Oregon, Virginia, Delaware. Attended Georgetown University and University of Delaware. Occupations: Food Service, Dock Worker, Merchant Seaman, House Painter,Choker Setter, Waiter, Office Worker, Apple Picker, Construction Labor, Tax Accountant. Studied writing under Raymond Carver, 1980. As writer, poetry, short stories, novelist. Lives in Port Townsend, Washington.

Table of Contents

  1. Failure to File
  2. .Table Six
  3. Wedding of the Week
  4. The Laws of Nature According to Ballpark Frank
  5. The Secret
  6. Western Swing

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