Six Sentence Sunday, 7 October 2012 (Max and the Ghost)

No one was quite so enthusiastic about that sort of sin as the sinners themselves, grown weary; in one breath they’d be talking about how drunk they got in college and what pranks they’d gotten up to (generally involving property damage and a lot of work to clean up, work for someone else). Then in the next it was ‘these kids today have no values.’ Max would turn on the vacuum cleaner and pretend he didn’t hear.

Actually there were lots of conversations he had to pretend he didn’t hear, especially the ones about things they’d visited on the boys who weren’t manly enough or the girls they considered ugly. When those grown men waxed nostalgic about the cruelties they had committed in adolescence, Max thought about the gangs at school that he avoided. It had been particularly bad when he was twelve and thirteen, until he had met Erika and Chloe and Thaddeus.

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Max and the Ghost was released this week by Glass Knife Press.

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5 Responses to Six Sentence Sunday, 7 October 2012 (Max and the Ghost)

  1. Vivien Dean says:

    I love how relatable this is, without losing your trademark gift for words. There’s a humanity that bleeds through here. Love it.

  2. Elin Gregory says:

    I’ve been in Max’s position. You have a gift for taking everyday events and making the most of them.Poor Max.

  3. Sue says:

    hypocrisy never goes out of fashion

  4. Congratulations on the release. And the snippet is so true.

  5. Jess Schira says:

    I fell in love with your first sentence. It’s so powerful and though provoking. Congrats on your release. I wish you many sales.

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