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“A lush tangle of small-town life branches out in this engrossing collection of short stories.” –Kirkus Reviews

“A well-crafted collection of short stories.” –L. L. Lee, author of Taxing Tallula

“Duane Simolke is one of our great American writers just ready to be recognized as such. He has the talent and the imagination and the humanity and the perspective to make each of our lives richer. Bravo!” –Grady Harp, Amazon Hall of Fame Reviewer

“Each story is intertwined rather than just there for entertainment and each character is well-defined and the humor throughout the book makes it a pleasure and an easy and enjoyable read.” –Chandler, Amazon #1 Hall of Fame Reviewer

“The author demonstrates a healthy understanding of human nature.” –John H. Mangold

“I love the numerous small wins of the characters and the unexpected turns of luck.” –Billy O.

“Having spent quite a bit of time in Texas, I could see each character matching someone I know or have met in my time there.” –Noel D

“Amazing and hard to put down.” –Kimmie Sue’s Book Review and More

“Snapshots of the lives of people and their life-changing encounters that will leave lasting impressions on you.” –Michelle Williams

“If you liked WINESBURG, OHIO…rejoice.” –Watchword

“Each of Simolke’s stories lets us look into the lives of some of the most interesting characters I have ever read about.” –Amos Lassen, Literary Pride

“By the time you have finished reading these tales of the people who inhabit the fictitious town of Acorn, Texas, population 21,001, you will have met some endearing as well as irritating characters, from the Mayor to the local would-be gigolo; from the busy-bodies to the business owners; from those who grew up in Acorn and have tried to escape the small town to those who have moved to Acorn to escape from the real world.” –Ronald L. Donaghe, author of Common Sons

“A well-crafted collection of short stories.” –L. L. Lee, author of Taxing Tallula

“When you finish, when you put the book aside, Acorn will still be with you.” –E. Carter Jones, author of Absence of Faith

The Acorn Stories includes a variety of tales, such as the following.

“Acorn”: When we arrive at the fictional West Texas town of Acorn, the narrative keeps shifting between Regina and Dirk, who both seek control over their relationship.

“Survival”: A young teacher (both deaf and gay) clashes with a popular football coach.

“Flip, Turn”: A different scene from the narrator's amusing but unproductive life comes to him every time he turns to swim in the opposite direction.

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