Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Teaser Tuesday: A Simplified Map of the Real World by Stevan Allred

Uncle Lenny's arm rested on the open window of his car, and it was the arm with a tattoo on it, a heart with a dagger pierced through it and strange words written on the blade. There were drops of blood dripping off the tip of the dagger, and this is the arm I called the scary arm, but only to myself.
 -- from "A Simplified Map of the Real World," the title story in The Renata Stories by Stevan Allred, published by Forest Avenue Press.

The 15 linked stories in A Simplified Map of the Real World take place in the fictional town of Renata, Oregon -- a rural community Allred's wonderfully textured prose makes us remember even if we never lived in a small town.

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by Should Be Reading, where you can find the official rules for this weekly event. 


  1. Thanks so much for featuring Stevan's linked story collection on Teaser Tuesday! I love the quote you chose to feature, too.


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