fiction

‘The Backhaul’ — excerpting Fred Afflerbach’s ‘The Bison & the Butterfly’ novel

'The Backhaul' -- excerpting Fred Afflerbach's 'The Bison & the Butterfly' novel

This excerpt from Fred Afflerbach's new "The Bison & the Butterfly" comes from the beginning of the second big section of the book, "The Backhaul," following 70-year-old small fleet owner-operator Ubi Sunt and his teenage grandson, Jeremy, across their trek from Texas toward Jeremy's home in Philadelphia.

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Out now: ‘The Bison & the Butterfly’ — rollicking sequel to former owner-operator Fred Afflerbach’s ‘Roll On’ novel

A road novel of the classic sort, the new book builds on the foundations laid by its predecessor -- Afflerbach's empathic, often hilarious, moving depiction of two generations of men coming back together through lived experience after separation and loss is a master turn in the literary arts.

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Certified Air: The Lollipop Diaries

Certified Air: The Lollipop Diaries

Wendy resumes the "Certified Air" fiction series with the tale of how Emily Larson became Esmerelda Lollipop in Certified Air ... "Like the half-chips, ICE unit phasing was done quickly, and mistakes were made. Esmerelda Lollipop was one of those mistakes...."

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Certified air, finale

Certified air, finale

A Half-Chip's remnants of humanity revealed. There's hope yet for trucker LaRonda and her human and animal brethren beyond Certified Air ...

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Certified air, part 2

Certified air, part 2

Part 2 in Wendy Parker's annual Halloween fiction sees the zombie apocalypse's version of a scale house visited upon LaRonda Pettibone and her tractor, business and life ... and the zombie at the wheel, of course.

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Certified air, part 1

Certified air, part 1

Wendy's annual Halloween fiction begins. LaRonda finds a Zombie codriver: "Enforcement chow kept them from decomposing any further, and she'd found Dash pretty fresh. He was wandering aimlessly at the Last Stand Fuel Stop in the Peterbilt show truck graveyard. ..."

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Confessions of a two-timing writer

Confessions of a two-timing writer

Wendy asks for forgiveness for fiction: "I'll make it up by continuing to report the real-life road weird, and promise to never intertwine the two -- unless, of course, I'm telling one of my filthy lies."

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The Passenger: Part 2

Wendy Parker's Halloween fiction concludes as flatbedder Rupert, rear-ended by Cuss, a killer with a dead body in the car that Rupert has only had a suspicion of, takes matters into his own hands...

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The Passenger: Part 1

Wendy Parker's annual piece of Halloween fiction gets under way -- what happens when a killer with his prey in his auto's passenger seat wrecks into the back of a broken-down flatbed rig? ...

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When real life and fiction meet

When real life and fiction meet

In which George and Wendy get a new hometown parking spot -- maybe.

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