Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Small Town Odds
Eric Mercer screwed up in high school. Sure he was a smart kid, an unwitting football star, and a likeable guy, but a night of drunkenness results in an unplanned pregnancy. As a result, Eric gives up his dreams of college and stays behind to be a father.
Six years later Eric is still screwing up. He helps out at the local mortuary, bartends at the American Legion, and spends his spare time engaging in drunken brawls. Despite all that, he’s still a likeable guy.
Small Town Odds tells of one week in Eric’s not-quite-what-he-expected life. The return of his former girlfriend forces him to take a look back and come to terms with where he is and where he is going. Despite a bit of a slow start, the book (and Eric) grew on me.
I realize I didn’t say much about this one, but if you’re interested in reading it, let me know in the comments. I’ll draw a name from the interested parties tomorrow and send that person my copy.