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5 stars for The Acorn Stories by Duane Simolke #fiction #shortstories #smalltown #bookreview



Title: The Acorn Stories

Author: Duane Simolke

Genre: Fiction, Short Stories


Book Blurb:


25th anniversary edition


The sky never stops falling in Acorn, Texas.


Visit Acorn, Texas, for the German festival, a high school football game, homemade apple pie from the Turner Street Café, and the cool shade of a hundred-year-old oak tree. Meet dedicated teachers, shrewd business owners, smitten lovers, and concerned neighbors. See how lives become intertwined in moments of humor or tragedy.


From romantic comedy to razor-sharp satire to moments of quiet reflection, these tales explore the humor, drama, secrets, and scandals of small towns.


The Acorn Stories first appeared as an eBook in 1998. It now appears in paperback and hardcover as well.


Find these tales and more inside:


“Acorn”: When we arrive at the fictional West Texas town of Acorn, the narrative keeps shifting between Regina and Dirk, who both seek control over their relationship.


“Flip, Turn”: A different scene from the narrator's amusing but unproductive life comes to him every time he turns to swim in the opposite direction.


“Keeping A Secret”: A little boy wants to shield his mother and his little brother from a dangerous situation.


My Review:


When you visit a small town like Acorn, you never know what secrets lay just under the surface. Acorn is like every other small town so why not grab a cool drink and stay awhile. The Acorn Stories is a collection of short stories dealing with the townsfolk of the fictional town of Acorn, Texas. Each story offers the reader an inside glimpse into life with its ups and downs. Want to know what life is like in small towns across America? Venture inside…


Let’s start with the writing. Like meeting up with an old friend, the writing is comforting and familiar. The pacing is nice and easy. Each story is a snapshot into life. It’s a complete short story with a tight cast of characters and a full plot arc. Using descriptive narration, Duane Simolke’s writing is visual and emotive.


The characters are realistically drawn and easy to relate to. I connected with the characters and the town itself.


This collection is a poignant look into small towns and the people that make each small town unique. I thoroughly enjoyed reading these stories. Take my advice and grab your copy today. Escape to the small-town life.


My Rating: 5 stars


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Author Biography:


Duane Simolke wrote The Acorn Stories, Degranon: A Science Fiction Adventure, Sons of Taldra: A Science Fiction Adventure, Holding Me Together, and New Readings of Winesburg, Ohio. He co-wrote The Return of Innocence: A Fantasy Adventure and The Acorn Gathering: Writers Uniting Against Cancer. Simolke lives in Lubbock, Texas.


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Reviewed by: Nancy

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