Valley of Tranquility
Valley of Tranquility is a collection of short stories that takes place in an idyllic spot located in the northern Great Plains, but most of the plots could occur almost anywhere. Tales range from the challenges presented to pioneer farmers to the trials and tribulations of modern living. Some stories are fantasy, but the bulk of them deal with hard reality. There are a couple of murder narratives, a college football game played in a driving rain that produces surprising results, a hunting trip that goes awry, a "bonus short story" featuring Anne Frank, the Jewish girl of World War II diary fame, and other exciting yarns. Described by one critic as a page-turner from beginning to end, most of the stories take twists and turns that will keep the reader guessing as to what is coming next. Regardless of the reader's taste in literature, there is something here for everyone. Listed below is the table of contents for the book: VALLEY OF TRANQUILITY Prologue Chapter One: The Lay of the Land Chapter Two: Ten Plagues of Egypt Chapter Three: Night of Irony Chapter Four: The Bicycle Chapter Five: Ol' Prof's Pipe Shoppe Chapter Six: Denizens of Ithaca Chapter Seven: The Great Pheasant Hunt Chapter Eight: The Four Gospells Chapter Nine: Sonny's Revenge Chapter Ten: Arm Eating Dragon Chapter Eleven: That Old Time Religion Chapter Twelve: Steinbeck Reincarnate Chapter Thirteen: Katrina's Pickaninny Epilogue BONUS SHORT STORY Final Solution
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