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IN MEMORY OF

Fourteen-year-old Thomas John Sutton is going under. He hopes the plunge clears the future, but it uncovers secrets from the past. Before he was born, his mother, known in Canaan as “The Widow,” and Miss Edna, their housekeeper, moved to … Continue reading

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In Memory Of

Society has buried those branded outcast in unmarked graves, at cross-roads, and outside the cemetery fence. Crossbones Graveyard is a famous, or infamous, example. IN MEMORY OF is my version of this cruel custom. It’s the story of an unmarked … Continue reading

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Good Friday April 14, 1933

THE REVEREND STEPHEN HALE STEPPED into the creek. Ripples formed. Spread. Disappeared into the flow. Trudged onward humming about Christian soldiers. Pants wrapped around knees, dampness creeping up toward the rump. Bible pressed to his chest with his right hand … Continue reading

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Going Under

GOOD FRIDAY APRIL 14, 1933 THE REVEREND STEPHEN HALE STEPPED into the creek. Ripples formed. Spread. Disappeared into the flow. Trudged onward humming about Christian soldiers. Pants wrapped around knees, dampness creeping up toward the rump. Bible pressed to his … Continue reading

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IN MEMORY OF

Fourteen-year-old Thomas John Sutton is going under. He hopes baptism in creek water makes his future clearer. He doesn’t know the plunge will start unraveling secrets from his past. His mother is known as “The Widow”. Before Thomas was born, she … Continue reading

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