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50 States

A collection of short short stories

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50 States: A collection of short short stories by Richard R. Becker. Book cover50 States is a debut collection of short stories that reflect on the human condition. The book spans several literary genres, moods, and situations across the American states between 1955 and 2020.

Two runaways cross paths in a Tennessee bus station with only one ticket between them. A middle-aged man in Illinois eyes the daily grind of a young basketball player who never boards the school bus. A family sees looters racing toward their home as they escape an Oregon wildfire.

These and 47 more stories make up the collection. Together, they provide a sampling of the American experience over the last 60 years, similar to the Spoon River Anthology by Edger Less Masters or The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer with more diversity.


Author's Notes

50 States began as a project to write one story a week for 50 weeks. The project continues with the expansion of many 50 States stories while the debut continues to gain strong word-of-mouth support and reviewer interest.

I frequently share ‘first look’ drafts of this work online (watch for announcements across social networks) and via a quarterly newsletter. These stories are written to continue or intersect with the work found in 50 States but can also stand alone. Later, these stories will be refined and released as digital exclusives and in print with longer works evolving into full-length novels.

About Richard R. Becker

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Richard R. Becker is an award-winning American writer. His debut collection of experimental and speculative fiction began as a project to write one story a week for 50 weeks. He continues to expand many of these stories. It broke the top 100 literary short stories on Amazon for three consecutive months in 2022. It also won first place for short stories in the Spring 2022 BookFest Awards and...

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