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Three Avenues of Escape [Kindle Edition]

Elmore Hammes
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Book Description

A short story (1,650 words) about a young man's utilization of several items left to him by his older brother as a means to escape his father's bigotry.

Some adult language and implied sexual situations, but nothing overt.

This story first appeared in the Fall 2006 issue of the literary magazine The First Line.

Product Details

  • File Size: 77 KB
  • Print Length: 6 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Kanapolis Fog Publishing Emporium (May 24, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002B3YBSQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,778 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story September 20, 2009
Format:Kindle Edition
Overview: 5 Stars

This work reads more like an essay than a short story. However, the delivery works well for the subject matter.

There is much, much more to this story than the word count. It is a deep characterization of a young teenage boy told by relating snapshots of his life.

Mr. Hammes excels at showing and hinting rather than straightforward statements of fact.

Editing: 5 Stars

The editing was of professional quality.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Short story, lots of thought April 8, 2010
By blondie
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As it is clearly stated in the description this is a short story and not a novel. I will echo the sentiments from another review that although this story is short, it is very deep. The story is a character sketch of a teenage boy. Although it goes by quick, I felt a lot of empathy for this boy. I cared about him as a character and I wouldn't mind reading more about him. This is a profound story that is full of meaning - I actually read it twice in a row. I'm looking forward to the next story or novel from Mr. Hammes.
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An interesting, slightly melancholy slice-of-life short story with a sympathetic lead character and a satisfying, dignified conclusion, which ties up all the loose ends very well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another great snapshot of life September 10, 2013
By zagain
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If you've read The Twenty Dollar Bill, you'll recall that Hammes has a knack for taking a small snippet of a character's life and, in a few short words, allowing the reader to understand, at least to some extent, and care about that character. In this very short story, which takes only 15 minutes to read, Hammes introduces us to a young teenage boy who has a tumultuous life due to his alcoholic father. The story is told from the perspective of the boy who longs to escape his life, much like his brother was able to do. While he lacks the athletic abilities that propelled his older brother to football scholarship at a distant small college, the boy eventually discovers he does have three options for "escape" from his dilemma -- at least in the temporary, mental sense. If you've read Hammes' other work, this is a story worthy of the read.
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More About the Author

Elmore Hammes is primarily a writer of fiction. His short stories have appeared in publications ranging from obscure e-zines to nationally distributed magazines. His writing is as eclectic as his reading habits, including young adult fantasy, science fiction, contemporary literature, humor and superhero stories.

He participates in Mainstage Community Theatre in Anderson, Indiana. His favorite roles would include Jonathan Brewster in Arsenic and Old Lace, Professor Marvel in the Wizard of Oz and Uncle Barnaby in Babes in Toyland.

Twice a year, he goes on mission trips with St. Patrick's Church of Oxford, Indiana to help build homes in Mexico.

He shares his home with two cats, Chuck and Snuggles, although Snuggles does not acknowledge Chuck's existence. He volunteers for the Animal Protection League in central Indiana, and is currently fostering Holly, who was unhappy with being caged at the shelter. If she decides to play nice with the current residents, she may just stay!

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