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Sub-Prime (The Love In A Hopeless Place Collection Book 1) by [Calin, Emma]
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  • File Size: 2493 KB
  • Print Length: 30 pages
  • Publisher: Gallo-Romano Media; 14 edition (May 24, 2011)
  • Publication Date: May 24, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0052N1XN8
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By AO on February 15, 2012
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with a family to feed and mortgage payments to meet, Mike settles for "casual labor" at Celestial Farms. for Mike, the working conditions are not that bad but the job requirements are - preparing and slaughtering prime live turkeys.
the term Sub-Prime refers to loans or mortgages supplied to those with lower credit ratings. according to Yahoo Answers, Sub-Prime could also mean stay away, corrupt, better luck next time, a sucker's born every minute and clean up your act.
i find these other definitions interesting because they aptly describe Mike, the factory and the people he meets there.
although the story is short, it is well-written, quite intense and very realistic. it deals with the human condition, the choices one makes and how far an unemployed person would go to survive.
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When Mike loses his job, and can't find another after long searching, he swallows his pride and goes to work in one of those "farms" where turkeys are slaughtered and plucked. It's a big comedown, especially when this big strong man discovers he is unable to kill a bird. "The neck was warm and living. He could feel its pulse as if it were his baby son."

Mike gets help from a Roma waif working alongside him at the plant. This plain girl, who speaks almost no English, does his killing for him while Mike takes over most of the plucking. They have an unspoken contract, as Mike sees it.

Mike embarks on a curious mental journey in this single week of day labor, with this innocent yet highly suggestive relationship with a co-worker and with his gradual transformation into a killer. There is the intimation that darker things lurk beneath the surface, and all these elements threaten to combust at any moment in this intricate and beautiful story.
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Emma Calin's short story, Sub-Prime, has equal shades of the bleak economic times found in both the past and present day. Her lead character, Mike, is a man reduced to a place of destitution after being unemployed for two months. In order to provide for his family, he must take a job slaughtering turkeys at Celestial Farms. Here he meets a poverty-stricken young woman. These contrasting characters present a contradiction in appearance and internal fortitude. The working conditions and sociology in this story have shades of works by Charles Dickens and Hannah Tinti, except they are set during present day. The spark of a reciprocal connection lending support between two people in dire straits is endearing. The language barrier between them shows loving hearts need no words. This five star short story leaves you wanting it to continue.
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It's been a long time since I found a short story worthy of mention. That's sad. I always loved them. O'Henry. L'Amour. Thurber. There were so many greats who used the medium so well. Emma Calin joins those illustrious ranks with Sub-Prime. She also obligates herself to us now to provide a collection of them. Sub-Prime is a Christmas story that that could become a classic of its genre. It tells the sad tale of a man at the end of his rope, out of work and out of money, trying to provide for his family during the holiday season. There is little hope in this story which is somehow appropriate in these dark economic times in which we live.
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Emma Calin is one of the finest authors plying the ancient trade. I make that statement for three reasons: First, because she has been there. Second, because she is willing to share what she has seen, heard, and learned. Third, because she is an amazing wordsmith.
Writing without experience is akin to walking into total darkness without a light. Sub-Prime is not a fun tale, but it's truth, and truth, even well stated, is stark, in-your-face, and eye opening. If you have the courage to read Sub-Prime you are going to experience truth told with an eloquence that is difficult to find today.
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"Sub-prime" by Emma Calin is a short story of working an unbearable job that unemployed Mike takes to try to support his family and the mounting bills the are becoming very oprressive. The story speaks of the humanity and realities of life and survival.
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Emma Calin's Sub-Prime is a haunting short story about the compromises people make for even an uncertain love. Calin takes a grotesque setting and mines beautiful diamonds from it. I would love to see Calin apply her formidable literary gifts to a full length novel that uses this story as its centerpiece.

It only takes twenty minutes or so to read the entire piece. I guarantee the reader will find the time spent on this story well-worth the effort.

Highly recommended.
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I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I thought this book was wonderful in a way I haven't read for awhile and was drawn in slowly and followed the story easily to the end. I think you will really enjoy this book as it was written well and the characters were well represented in all. This author is new to me and as I get to see more of her writing style and flavor if you will the more I like and want to read more.
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