A tortured child from a middle American town exacts revenge on the world that has ignored him for so long.
A Shot of Malaria
The gritty and sometimes comical story of a strung-out street musician who aspires to be the Jimi Hendrix of the 5-String Banjo and find a girlfriend for the Christmas Holidays.
Charles Souby is an author based in Kapaa, Hawaii. He has published two novels, WINIFRED and A SHOT OF MALARIA and has had short stories published in The Saturday Evening Post Online, Story Teller Magazine, and Opening Line. His poetry can be found in 5 Poetry Magazine, Bohemian Magazine and the California Quarterly Review.
He has just completed a third novel, A LONG TIME GONE and is editing two collections of short stories, A VIEW FROM THE BORDERLINE and ARCHIPELAGOS.
While his stories are fictional, they draw from a wide spectrum of personal experience from Chicago to San Francisco to the Alaska/Canadian border.
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A Long Time Gone
What happens to an Ivy League grad who’s slated to go to work for his father as a Washington mining lobbyist, only to find his life’s values chipped away by an unrequited love and a growing fascination with spirituality and the environment? Before returning home to greet his father on his deathbed, Jeffrey Woodward hopes to face gnawing fears and figure out what matters in his life by traveling to the Yukon Territory of 1982 with only a backpack, guitar and his thumb. What he discovers on his journey will turn his life upside down and cause him to desperately seek new possibilities in the world.
A Long Time Gone is funny, sweet and often tense as Jeffrey’s journey to the Klondike leads him to a First Nation reservation, a gold mine and a succession of wonderful and scary characters who escort him into an alien world. The novel is fully relevant today, addressing everything from racism and the continuing deep divide on environmental issues to the ageless push and pull between parents’ wishes for their children and adult children’s need to find their own path.
SEEKING TRUTH IN NARRATIVE FICTION
The Durschlag Twins
When little suburban terrors cause a near-accident, a frustrated neighbor learns the best way to deal with ill-behaved children isn’t what he expected.
For Rayleigh Stern life has become intolerable. Devastated by the loss of his wife Rachel to cancer, he is alienated and at the end of his rope until he meets a most unexpected gift from out of his dark past.