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The Book Slave [Kindle Edition]

Billy McCoy
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In these piercingly and endlessly surprising stories, many things happen: there are betrayals and reconciliations, love affairs consummated and mourned. But the true events in The Book Slave are the ways in which the characters are transformed over time, coming to view their past selves with an anger, regret, and infinite compassion that communicate themselves to us with electrifying force.


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"This is emotion-grabbing fiction at its best; The Book Slave is a literary piece you'll love."--Penn Book Review  
"The Book Slave" is the kind of intensely emotion and drama rich collection of short stories that when you're finished makes you feel as if you've been on a wonderful journey of self-discovery, love and life."--L. Collins, Amazon Verified Review
 
"The Book Slave is a beautifully written novella containing a series of short stories on love and life."--A. Wallace, Amazon Verified Review
 
 
"This was one of those perfect sized books for when you are commuting or waiting at the doctor's office. Inside I found a collection of three short stories.  The author did a great job crafting the characters. In the first story I liked Skyler immediately and her strong will was accurately portrayed by the author.  The other two stories were also good. All three stories were stories of people, of love, life, romance and learning life's lessons.  The stories kept me entertained and made the waiting time at the doctor's office go by quickly." -Diane, Amazon Verified Review

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Clever and engaging. Wonderfully written stories about love and life. 

Prolific author Billy McCoy (Strange Fruit, 2013, etc.), has written about characters that almost seem to object to their own storyline. In the first piece, The Book Slave, Skyler Mitchell is confused and afraid--mostly because she loves her boyfriend, Connor Louis, so much that it hurts; and because she is pregnant with his child. At the ripe age of 20, the strong-willed woman vows to have the child and raise it. She realizes, that Connor's marriage proposal is nothing more than his way of expressing his love of the idea of love--rather than actual feelings toward her. His prospective career in professional football is much more important than the responsibility of a family. 

The Pine Street Peddler is emotion inducing, to say the least. At 22, Vera Brown is unemployed and takes a job at Valumart--where money is valued and employees are disposable accessories. "Many of Valumart's workers also [rely] on taxpayers--because they can't support their families "on $7.25 an hour. At work, Vera forms a close working relationship Stephen, who informs her: "We call this cursed place the Pine Street Peddler, because of the way they treat their employees. They sell more pine boxes around here than the nearest funeral home." Over the course of some time, Vera, with the help of her coworkers Stephen and Tania, decide to form a union after coming to better understand the injustices big corporations (such as Valumart) impose upon their employees. This story is rather reminiscent of required Literature found in the stacks of a College library, thought provoking with emotional depth. 

The Glass Orangerie is a story of love and loss--with the possibility of love found. One that is likely very relatable for anyone who has ever been in love with the inability to let go (for one reason or another). Rosette, a middle-aged nurse admits of her "embarrassing disaster" of a relationship with Justin, that she cannot "get him out of [her] mind, no matter how hard [she] tries." After her daughter, Paula, calls her worried that she's killed her musician husband, she rushed to the situation to figure out what, exactly, is going on. Things are okay with Paula and her husband, however the incident seems to force Rosette to rethink the relationships in her life, and consider the love that she wants and deserves. 

Laced with intense liaisons and surprising plot twists--the relatable, strong characters completely make this novella one you'll instantly connect with. McCoy's flash fiction is unique in the way that it commands attention and will not let go until the end. The way his characters' lives mash together in ways unknown until the end is simply flawless and poetic. 

This is emotion-grabbing fiction at its best; The Book Slave is a literary piece you'll love. 
J. Calvin, Penn Book Review

Product Details

  • File Size: 508 KB
  • Print Length: 116 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I9D1V9E
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5.0 out of 5 stars perfect sized read March 7, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This was one of those perfect sized books for when you are commuting or waiting at the doctor’s office.

Inside I found a collection of three short stories.

The author did a great job crafting the characters. In the first story I liked Skyler immediately and her strong will was accurately portrayed by the author.

The other two stories were also good. All three stories were stories of people, of love, life, romance and learning life’s lessons.

The stories kept me entertained and made the waiting time at the doctor’s office go by quickly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Captivating March 8, 2014
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"The Book Slave" is the kind of intensely emotion and drama rich collection of short stories that when you're finished makes you feel as if you've been on a wonderful journey of self-discovery, love and life. Billy McCoy perfectly captures the struggles and successes of relationships and family life in a compelling way, drawing up a well of emotion that helps the reader connect to the characters and feel invested in just how they adapt to life and each other.

The stories all have a strong plot that shines through and conveys emotion in subtle and overt ways. The writing is fresh, inviting, vivid with imagery and uses strong dialogue to push the stories along. The author has a talent for writing and for creating characters that feel real and authentic, bringing each of the three short stories to life in interesting ways. Overall, I had a great time reading "The Book Slave" and I think it was well worth the read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Novella March 8, 2014
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The Book Slave is a beautifully written novella containing a series of short stories on love and life. The first story begins with Skyler and her unborn child, and the relationship she has cultivated with Conner. Having a child would change everything in their lives, and the couple must come to terms with the decisions they make. The second story in this book is The glass Orangerie and third is called the Pine Street Peddler. All of the short stories in this book are very different, but they all contain passionate characters and embody a message or life lesson. Highly recommended as a cute book that will warm your heart.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THe Book Slave is a literary piece you'll love March 10, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Clever and engaging. Wonderfully written stories about love and life.

Prolific author Billy McCoy (Strange Fruit, 2013, etc.), has written about characters that almost seem to object to their own storyline. In the first piece, The Book Slave, Skyler Mitchell is confused and afraid—mostly because she loves her boyfriend, Connor Louis, so much that it hurts; and because she is pregnant with his child. At the ripe age of 20, the strong-willed woman vows to have the child and raise it. She realizes, that Connor’s marriage proposal is nothing more than his way of expressing his love of the idea of love—rather than actual feelings toward her. His prospective career in professional football is much more important than the responsibility of a family.

The Pine Street Peddler is emotion inducing, to say the least. At 22, Vera Brown is unemployed and takes a job at Valumart—where money is valued and employees are disposable accessories. “Many of Valumart’s workers also [rely] on taxpayers—because they can’t support their families “on $7.25 an hour. At work, Vera forms a close working relationship Stephen, who informs her: “We call this cursed place the Pine Street Peddler, because of the way they treat their employees. They sell more pine boxes around here than the nearest funeral home.” Over the course of some time, Vera, with the help of her coworkers Stephen and Tania, decide to form a union after coming to better understand the injustices big corporations (such as Valumart) impose upon their employees. This story is rather reminiscent of required Literature found in the stacks of a College library, thought provoking with emotional depth.

The Glass Orangerie is a story of love and loss—with the possibility of love found.
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Billy McCoy lives in Minneapolis,MN. He has written eleven novels and novellas: Prisoner of the Heart, Song of the Innocence, Mocha Confidential, Hearts without Voices, The Book Slave, the Glass Orangerie, Delilah Samson, Letters from Winnie, Strange Fruit, Pine Street Peddler, Online Dating:a Memoir and Second Chance Sister. He enjoys reading and writing. History, philosophy, finance and memoirs are some of his favorite reads.

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