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Book: Take Five by Linda Swift

Book: Take Five by Linda Swift

categories: Book, Busing Mandate, Ageing Issues, Kudzu, Trapped Underground, Epilepsy, Public Schools, Teachers, Tourists, Basketball, Family Relations, Farming, Speculative Fiction

Linda Swift

Author Linda Swiftabout this book: Take Five is a collection of five short stories in the Speculative Fiction genre. Each title is also available as an individual story on Amazon and Smashwords for 99cents each.


A new job as school librarian in a small town brings both joy and deep tragedy to the life of a young woman with a secret, an over-aged senior, and an alcoholic janitor. This was my first short story accepted for publication in a university literary journal. And when I saw my name on that journal page, I accepted for the first time the responsibility of being an author.


An elevator filled with tourists stops and a small boy's life hangs in the balance. Above ground, a man tries to restart the elevator while a man and woman race against time to stop him. This story grew from a visit with my husband and young children to Ruby Falls in Chattanooga. Descending a few hundred feet underground in an elevator with an open cage that allowed us to see the wet rock wall, an image was indelibly printed on my mind. Years later, I wrote out my fears of "what if?" and the story won a short fiction award at Ball State University Workshop but remained unpublished until now.


Ready for battle, a man returns to claim the old homestead, but an intruder has a strong hold. An accident leaves the man as prey to his enemy, and there can be only one winner. I wrote this story while a student in a college creative writing class. Writing it, I experienced for the first time how a character can take over a plot and give it life. The story won the Fiction Skills Scholarship at University of Indiana Writers' Conference and on opening night I read it to the two hundred authors there from all over the country and received a standing ovation at the end.


Three students are caught up in the changes wrought by the school busing mandate. When the anger and frustration reach boiling point, the outcome will touch an entire city. This story grew from my personal observations of how the mandate affected families of both races. I thought then, and think now, that the real problem in education is how the schools and parents fail the children with disabilities like the boy who causes such heartbreak in this story.


Growing old is not easy, even for the prosperous. Grown children, doctors, and nursing homes wrest away control. But one man decides to change the seeming inevitable course of events. I watched what growing old did to my own grandparents and other elderly people and I had a need to write a story where an older person fought back and did not go gentle into that good night as the poet's well-known words have urged.

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