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‘A View from the Side of the Road’ (420 pages) is a collection of thirteen uniquely crafted short stories. Each story deals with original subject material and each story provides the reader with a different perspective on the human condition. Stories are poignant, intriguing, funny or mysterious, but always in the realm of what would be considered a good read. Inside this collection you will find unforgettable characters and events such as; an aged playwright who wants to solve a murder, a lonely Belfast woman searching for a new life, a great American author (Edna St. Vincent Millay) in her teens, Hallowell's local ghost pirate seeking salvation, A transformational clown involved in a love story, a feud between a rural mailman and the new guy in town, a revenge filled dentist with a broken heart and much more. Each story a well constructed tale designed to entertain, amuse, and move you in some small way. Lastly I perceive myself as a Maine writer so I believe if you are from Maine or New England you may get a little extra enjoyment out of the subjects, environment and the characters but many of the stories have a universal theme that can be enjoyed and understood by readers around the world.
The road began for me in Hallowell, Maine. It has taken me several times around the world. I grew up in a remarkably small Maine city on a river, at a young age I became a Marine in Vietnam, I eventually had both a military and government career, I fathered three sons, received a Bachelor's Degree from Northeastern University in Boston, MA and a Masters Degree from the University of Maine in Orono, ME. All along the road, I wrote, I thought, and I wrote some more. So that before my days drain away, I will have said what I came here to say. My work can be seen here and at LEBarrett.com, I... more