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An Unfinished Life by Mark Spragg

By Mark Spragg

In a unprecedented story of affection and forgiveness, Mark Spragg brings us this novel of a posh, prodigal homecoming. After escaping the final of an extended string of abusive boyfriends, Jean Gilkyson and her ten-year-old daughter Griff have nowhere left to head. Nowhere other than Ishawooa, Wyoming, the place Jean's estranged better half's father, Einar, nonetheless blames her for the loss of life of his son. even though Einar isn't pleased to work out both of them, Griff falls in love along with his sprawling ranch and quiet lifestyle, as she slowly will get to understand his crippled previous good friend Mitch, the cats that lurk within the barn at milking time, and at last the grandfather she had misplaced for therefore decades. An emotionally charged tale of hard-won friendship and reconciliation, An Unfinished lifestyles exhibits a novelist of awesome skills within the fullness of his powers.

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Then I remembered it was Saturday. Trying not to let my stress affect Aiden, I did my best to remain upbeat, acting silly. A toddler doesn’t need to see his dad falling apart. I’m the one who’s supposed to have this shit figured out. On the way 44 JOE CLIFFORD over we were singing nursery rhymes. I had him giggling, but honestly, that probably had more to do with the sugar from the lollipop I’d given him. His face was sticky with cherry. I kept a stash of candy in my glove compartment. His mother wouldn’t approve, but she wasn’t around, was she?

Would run me close to sixty-five dollars, thing sucked so much gas. The floor of my cab was littered with crinkled receipts and stiff papers, empty coffee cups and crushed cigarette packs, Gatorade bottles, fast food bags; the inside of my ride looked like a refugee camp. Waiting for the pump to stop, I gathered all the junk and threw it away. Doesn’t seem like much, but I felt like I accomplished something. Jenny was always complaining about what a slob I was. Went inside to grab a coffee and a copy of the Herald, even though I seldom read the damn thing these days.

I fiddled with the knob, trying to dial in some music, news, sports, car talk—anything to put noise between my racing thoughts and the ramifications. Nothing but static, frequencies jammed, signals lost almost immediately. ” Charlie asked. ” Charlie chuckled, but it wasn’t funny, and neither of us thought Turley had been blowing smoke. I considered Turley a self-aggrandizing jackass when it came to most things law enforcement, but this was for real. As much as I wanted to dismiss his warning as chest puffing, I couldn’t.

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