In "The Astonishing Elmo Piggins" young Elmo is introduced as the prototypical Southern preacher's kid whose exploits are all but eclipsed by the escapades of his older sister Lawanda until she sets out on her own. After her departure, Elmo narrowly escapes a shotgun marriage, is injured in the last football game of the season, graduates high school without distinction, enlists in the Navy, and while on sea duty, experiences a Road-to-Damascus transformation , turning his life and relationships on their ear. You'll laugh and wince at the exploits of Elmo Piggins while you are given cause to ponder the source of his "calling."
"The Rebirth of Reginald Dexter" tells the story of a tenured professor of psychology who is forced to retire at sixty-five. It is both a funny and inspirational story that supports the life-affirming notion that it's never to late for new beginning.
"Twice Upon A Prequel" also features three exceptional short works of fiction, two of which deal with the hapless travails of life within the confines of the military structure. "Taken Up Before The General"
follows the misadventures of a hapless military brat who is pummeled into submission at every turn by the mores and attitudes of a social order that grants no quarter to those who will not conform or tow the mark. And "The War Comes Home" explores a similar social dynamic, this time placing the onus on a beleaguered military wife who is faced with the task of attempting to circumvent any familial upsets upon her husband's return from war. And finally there's "A Liter Bit Of Wisdom--a darkly humorous tale that explores the possible repercussions that might result from our actions or inactions. Or could it be simply the working of fate?