A short excerpt from Chapter Two, “The Truth of Things,” from Penina’s Letters, a novel in progress, is now up at The Boulevard, a publication of the Hawthorne Fellows at the Attic Institute: A Haven for Writers.

Click here to read “The Truth of Things.”

I’m a Hawthorne Fellow at the Attic Institute for the period April though August, working on a novel, Penina’s Letters. For information on the Hawthorne Fellows, click on the Attic door below. They are accepting applications now for the next Fellows period, Oct. through Feb., 2012-13.

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  1. I like the voice and the narrow focus on detail, as if the details were a kind of life raft to hang on to. A touching scene. The images speak and convey feelings that can’t be spoken, like these …
    … “Why, he could drive 16 penny nails, sinkin’ the heads flat in three swings, leavin’ no hammer mark, all day long,” Ray said.
    “He reached out and shook my hand, and his hand felt like an open-end wrench, hard but worn smooth. He did not fully open his hand.”

    Thanks for sharing your work.

  2. Very vivid. It was like sitting there in the living room with the characters watching the whole thing take place. Look forward to the finished book! Thanks for sharing!

  3. I love your ability to paint a picture of the scene. Will you be posting additional chapters? I hope so because I have enjoyed what I have read so far.

    1. Thanks for reading and commenting, Geannie. We should have time for one more round and so one more posting. I’ll let you know. I’m glad you liked it!

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