10 stories about odd encounters and personal exploration: A young man in search of meaning connects with his dead girlfriend’s son. A group of men in Wisconsin start a poetry group while waiting for their favorite bar to be rebuilt. A woman discovers her husband has been hiding a secret. He also wants to rob a bank. A basketball player continually relives the last six seconds of his worst game. An amateur chess player encounters greatness. A girl attempts to leave a small town. But before she goes, she learns the story of one who stayed.
“David Hopkins’ short stories show exceptional and often quirky moments in the average lives of average people. His characterizations are genuine and you can easily imagine these being the secret stories of people you know. Many of the stories contain snippets of wisdom and quite reflections that give the reader pause.” “Fans of programs like NPR’s This American Life will enjoy David’s vignettes.” — Bob Moser, Amazon.com
In the 1960s, Nancy Powell became TAMMI TRUE, the burlesque headliner at Jack Ruby’s Carousel Club. She lived a double life, PTA mom by day and stripper by night. Then Jack Ruby shot Lee Harvey Oswald and everything changed.
From Catholic school to the juvenile court system, from a noisy club in Dallas to a quiet farm in the country, Nancy’s life is wondrous and wayward, hilarious and heartfelt. Here it is, her world in her own words—in and out of the spotlight, and ready for an encore.