See How Small/Scott Blackwood

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A Book Review:  See How Small/Scott Blackwood

Fiction winner 2016 Pen Center USA Literary Awards
Published by HarperCollins Fourth Estate

 

When I first heard that Scott Blackwood was going to write something based on the unsolved 1991 murders of a group of teenaged girls in Austin, Texas, I thought, oh no, leave it alone.  We’ve all had enough.  Because after that infamous crime, for years, we all saw those girls’ faces on a billboard and on TV, with a message offering a reward for information leading to the killers.  The victims’ faces are with me still.  I was once a teenager in that city.  I had friends who worked at ice cream shops as teenagers.  It could have been us.Read More »

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Palawan Story/Caroline Vu

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Book Review:   Palawan Story

A novel by Caroline Vu

Published by Deux Voiliers Publishing

1968

I am eight years old and hiding behind a chair in our living room.  My little brother and sister are hiding under a table.  We jump out and shoot our toy guns towards a young man coming down the stairs.  “Bang, bang!  Got you, Chuck!  You want to play with us?”  We smile the smiles of young children.Read More »