Mocky's Revinge: A Novelette

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Little Possum Press, 2006 - Fiction - 125 pages
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Combining tart humor, playful language, and a serious moral dimension, this unusual novelette depicts the growing friendship between just-turning-eight Carrie Ann Watson and her Uncle Mocky, a wry, gentle, and openly gay French teacher who has returned to his home town to reconcile with his dying father. Set in the mid 1980s, the story is told as a "novel" written by Carrie herself, complete with all her linguistic idiosyncrasies and unvarnished candor. The result is funny and touching, but hardly an idealized portrait of childhood as a state of grace.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A folksy debut poignantly and humorously renders the vernacular of small-town Ohio.Once readers get over the initial shock of Lehman's creatively misspelled phonetics, their euphonious rhythm makes ... Read full review

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Mark Louis Lehman is retired after 32 years as an instructor of Freshman composition at the University of Cincinnati. He is also a copy editor for several national magazines, and a music reviewer for the American Record Guide. One of the sources of inspiration for his novel is his experience as a teacher of writing, during which he came to appreciate the "inventive" spelling and syntax of his students.

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