I want to thank Jon Strother of Mad Utopia for his great review of Less Than Nothing: a novel of Anasazi strife. Jon was an early supporter, which is always great to have.
Jeff has done a wonderful job here of weaving a seamless and complex tale involving many fascinating characters wrapped in layers of intrigue. … It was such a pleasure to rediscover them, not just as a series of shorts, but a full fledged, fully realized, and very well executed novel.
I have a new short story available. It may look like it’s about bowling (bowling?), but it’s not really. It’s a coming-of-age story. I hope you enjoy.
Take a juvenile delinquent bowling? Preposterous. Mr. Meyers put it out of his mind. But he finds himself at the detention center offering to take a kid bowling. Reuben pretty much defies everyone, including himself. In a surprising way, of course.
Mr. Meyers lost his two sons in American wars and his wife to her own cells that went wild with disease. He coped by bowling. Every afternoon. For a decade.
Then he saw a boy one afternoon in the custody of police going into the Juvenile Detention Facility. Mr. Meyers stopped his car, seeing the place for the first time, imaging the people inside. The next day he went in and offered to take a kid bowling once a week.
They gave him Reuben. A wild-eyed, wild-haired ball of surly anger.
Mr. Meyers took him to the bowling alley.
“I ain’t bowling,” said Reuben.
Mr. Meyers played without him. But the boy began to watch. Creep closer.
“I can beat you, old man,” Reuben said.
“I don’t think you can,” Mr. Meyers said softly.
Then Reuben picked up a ball and surprised both of them.
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