Posts by David Patneaude

Excerpt #96, Rocking-Chair Moon

Excerpt #96, Rocking-Chair Moon

Ebenezer —Carly Nancy Booker, the small headline on the obituary page reads, and my eyes reluctantly move to the photo...

Excerpt #95, Rocking-Chair Moon

Excerpt #95, Rocking-Chair Moon

Tour —Ben This place has COLLEGE written all over it in big, bold letters— old, dark buildings with character, new,...

Excerpt #94, Rocking-Chair Moon

Excerpt #94, Rocking-Chair Moon

Black Bear —Ben At the main entrance to the campus stands a life-size granite statue of a grizzly, down on...

Excerpt #93, Rocking-Chair Moon

Excerpt #93, Rocking-Chair Moon

Driving to Missoula, Night —Ben Rocking-chair moon, white on black, Big Sky furniture. Dad’s grin beaming down. Long Break —Carly...

Excerpt #92, Rocking-Chair Moon

Excerpt #92, Rocking-Chair Moon

Stimulus —Ben My shirt smells like Tess— late-night brownies, couch cushions, her cheek, slick with sweat. Lost and Found —Carly...

Excerpt #91, Rocking-Chair Moon

Excerpt #91, Rocking-Chair Moon

Selective Vision —Carly Ms. Buckner pretended she didn’t see the poster, although I watched her subdue a grin when she...

Excerpt #90, Rocking-Chair Moon

Excerpt #90, Rocking-Chair Moon

Payback, Stifled —Ben I want to kick Dwight’s ass, Carly’s buddy Holly wants to neuter him, and Mom wants to...

Excerpt #89, Rocking-Chair Moon

Excerpt #89, Rocking-Chair Moon

Culture Shock —Carly We’re back in the world of cell phones and laptops and school and drama of the worst...

Excerpt #88, Rocking-Chair Moon

Excerpt #88, Rocking-Chair Moon

Missing —Carly Vacation beckons. Looked for Dwight to say good-bye. Occupied, I guess.   Midwinter Break, Cabo —Ben Dad made...

Excerpt #87, Rocking-Chair Moon

Excerpt #87, Rocking-Chair Moon

Season’s Greetings —Ben Christmas is coming, a tattered, hollow, garish impersonation of its former self, unconvincing even from a distance....

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