Escaping Heaven

They lied about Heaven. The pearly gates and golden roads are only at the entrance, like wrapping paper on a wedding present, but the inside is as cold and quiet as death. There are no white pillars, no clouds—only dark alleys and thin wisps of smoke from kaleidoscope hookah pipes. The angels have long traded … Continue reading Escaping Heaven

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The Man in the Decrepit House

His house was small and decrepit, hiding in a suburban neighborhood on the west side of town. The lawn desperately needed a trim, weeds consuming the residency like vengeful forest creatures. Grime covered the windows, and the garage was cluttered with boxes and machine parts. It was only the familiar red jalopy, like a crimson … Continue reading The Man in the Decrepit House

Peonies

She went to the beach. It was a little strip of sand along the inky coast, just a short walk from the rocky cliffs that faced the Pacific ocean. She was alone, save for the occasional wayward gull. A gypsy child carelessly drifting along, as quiet and transparent as the gusts of wind whipping the … Continue reading Peonies

The Secret Life of Bees: A Review and Other Thoughts

The Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd, is a realistic-fiction novel set in the 1960s American South, where temperatures were high and racial tensions were higher. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 may have granted equal rights for all, but the long-standing divide between blacks and whites remained stubbornly in place, which is … Continue reading The Secret Life of Bees: A Review and Other Thoughts

A Review of Illuminae and a Word on Acknowledgments

With the arrival of summer comes more freedom and possibility, like exploration and discovery through the medium of literature. Book-reading has always been a great past time of mine, especially in the summer months when I'm not so busy. There's just something so satisfying about returning from the library with a bag full of books, … Continue reading A Review of Illuminae and a Word on Acknowledgments