Book: The Acorn Stories (Acorn, Texas Book 1) by Duane Simolkecategories: Book, Small-Town, West Texas, Texans, Texas Humor, Funny, Lubbock Texas, Satire, Gay Texans, Gay Texas, Deaf, Short Stories
Duane Simolkeabout this book: The Acorn Stories reveals the intertwining lives of the diverse people living in a small Texas town. The emotions range from laughter to anger to tears, but the stories ultimately take a loving approach to the characters and their settings. I don't portray small-town folk as country bumpkins, just as flawed people who often find solace in each other.
I grew up outside a small town in Louisiana and now live in Lubbock, Texas. Acorn started as an indefinite location but grew into a much smaller version of Lubbock. It's a distinctly Texas book, but also a book about people everywhere.
This story collection differs from most others in that the characters and settings often overlap. Someone you meet in one story might play a major or minor part in another. These lives influence each other in surprising ways. Also, the narrative styles vary from traditional to experimental.
The tone usually remains light, though some of the works tackle heavy topics like domestic violence, homophobia, and mental challenges. As a reader, I tend to enjoy humor but also find that emotional range enriches a book. The sad moments make the funny ones funnier.
It took several years to write The Acorn Stories, and its characters feel like old friends to me. I often hear from readers who say they related to it and breezed through it.
• "A lush tangle of small-town life branches out in this engrossing collection of short stories." — Kirkus Reviews.
• "The ability to depict such a wide cross section of humanity, including details of each character's breadth of knowledge and experience, takes a talented, insightful author, and Duane Simolke is such a writer." — E. Conley, Betty's Books.
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