Four American Tales: A Quartet of Evocative Stories about Love and Loss, Struggle and Ambition from the 1950s to the Present Day

Wichega – an atmospheric tale of childhood’s dreams and nightmares; A Hundred Ways to Live – crime and punishment on the road to nowhere; Ballbusters on Parade – an unconventional parable of life in the sex industry; Uncle Mort – an unexpected bequest leads to marital problems.

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A World of Hopes and Fears on the Wrong Side of the American Dream …

  • Great Characters

    Sweet Pea is drawn to the dark lake beneath the highway her Daddy takes every day. But where does he go? And will the Wichega catch him?

  • Powerful Writing

    ‘She imagined its eyes looking down, watching her, watching everything that lived and breathed, that crawled and died upon the unforgiving earth.’

  • Intriguing Storylines

    A hint of Southern Gothic; small-time outlaws on the road; sun and sex in the San Fernando Valley; an empty house in rural Virginia.

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★★★★★ Interesting stories.

Anonymous reviewer, Barnes & Noble

★★★★ Serious fiction that’s original and engaging.

Amazon reviewer

★★★★★ These should be the next short stories you read!

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★★★★★ My friend and fellow writer Jack Messenger has written four wonderful short stories, evocative and intriguing, each with a distinctive main character who you’ll remember long after you’ve finished reading. Jack writes beautifully and is a master of the short story form. 

Liz Hart, Amazon review

★★★★★ This is a fantastic collection from a really talented author … 100 per cent recommend this collection.

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★★★★★ These four slices of vibrant Americana make me yearn for more of Jack’s stories. They are as different as four different kinds of pie … Each has the strength of tone and story that endures, and a main character whose struggles become ours and who lives with us beyond the page.

Amazon reviewer

★★★★★ Each of the stories in this compelling collection works so well in its own right, while taken together the tales form marvellous variations on the theme of knowing, not knowing and fighting against knowing when the truth is unpalatable … a memorable collection.

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