Book: Collection - A Daisy Hunter Story by Marianne Sciuccocategories: Book, Short Story, Family, 1970's, Fiction, Poverty, Coming of Age
Marianne Sciuccoabout this book: The Daisy Hunter stories are based on my years growing up in the 1970's in a family with four children, not much money, and a lot of love. In Collection, the first in the series (and the only one published; stay tuned) 12-year old Daisy's father, Tom, a housepainter, tries to collect two week's pay from a customer reluctant to give him the money. Tom is an easygoing guy, not one for confrontation, and accepts his client's request to "come back tomorrow." But Daisy's mother, Meg, is not so agreeable. She's got five hungry children and her refrigerator is empty. Like a she bear protecting her cubs, Meg demands her husband be paid. What follows is a clash of classes, which Daisy witnesses with embarrassment, humiliation, and then pride. This is a short story and can be read in thirty minutes or so. Also available in audiobook.
• "It's extremely well written, with sharp dialogue, excellent characterization."
• "All aspects of story were well crafted and conveyed—characters, plot, setting, atmosphere, ending. It made me want to read more by the author."
• "A short story that draws you right in with fleshed out characters, well-described setting, and a fantastic plot."
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