By Charles Deemer
At the day after the Bicentennial, the physique of an previous guy is came across putting from a tree in a park in Hamartin, a small farming neighborhood in crucial Oregon. A homophobic observe is hooked up to the man's physique. The stunning tale makes the nationwide information twine. Shandy Anderson, a tender artist, hears the tale at the morning television information in the course of her stream from Hamartin's small-town boredom to a thrilling new lifestyles in San Francisco. She is aware the previous guy, Emmett Hale, whose beneficiant present of cash made her get away attainable - and who had paid her for intercourse. yet how can he be the sufferer of a homophobic crime if he is not a gay? And why could he be murdered whilst every person on the town knew he had terminal melanoma? Shandy comes to a decision to come back domestic not just for Emmett's funeral yet to determine what fairly occurred. EMMETT'S present is a literary novel of suspense, and the tale of a tender woman's coming of age opposed to the backdrop of small city bigotry and private sexual experimentation. Charles Deemer is at the writing college at Portland nation college and is an award-winning playwright.
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He looked at Shandy, offering a slight smile before she diverted her eyes. ” Arnie asked Shandy. ” He went into the adjacent kitchen to prepare lunch. Emmett pulled out a chair for Shandy. She sat down, and he moved around the table to sit across from her. Shandy felt awkward. She was glad he was feeling better, and that she was responsible for it, but she didn’t want him to make a big deal about what had happened last night. She certainly didn’t want Arnie to know about it. “It’s a beautiful day,” Emmett said.
Emmett marveled at how strong her opinions about men were, especially considering how young she was. ” Shandy looked up without speaking. He thought he saw a sparkle in her eye. “A simple but stubborn animal,” said Emmett. ” “We’re all animals,” Shandy said. “That’s partly true. ” Shandy didn’t reply. Emmett was about to say more when he saw Marg, the “Mom” in Mom’s Café, approaching. He waited for her arrival. ” Marg asked. “Delicious,” said Emmett. ” They weren’t finished but it was the first thing that occurred to him to get rid of her.
Emmett faltered, as if so much language was more than he could handle, and Arnie steadied him. ” “I’ll help you upstairs,” said Arnie. To the women he added, “Be right back. ” 35 CHARLES DEEMER “I’m ready for a refill,” said Josie, looking at Shandy. The younger woman followed her mentor into the kitchen as Arnie helped Emmett start up the staircase. ii “I feel better than I look,” said Emmett, climbing into bed. Arnie had helped him get back into pajamas. “That’s a relief because you look terrible.
Emmett's Gift by Charles Deemer