By Charles Deemer
At the day after the Bicentennial, the physique of an previous guy is came upon putting from a tree in a park in Hamartin, a small farming group in significant Oregon. A homophobic notice is hooked up to the man's physique. The surprising tale makes the nationwide information twine. Shandy Anderson, a tender artist, hears the tale at the morning television information in the course of her flow from Hamartin's small-town boredom to a thrilling new existence in San Francisco. She is aware the previous guy, Emmett Hale, whose beneficiant reward of cash made her get away attainable - and who had paid her for intercourse. yet how can he be the sufferer of a homophobic crime if he's not a gay? And why might he be murdered while every person on the town knew he had terminal melanoma? Shandy makes a decision to come domestic not just for Emmett's funeral yet to determine what quite occurred. EMMETT'S present is a literary novel of suspense, and the tale of a tender woman's coming of age opposed to the backdrop of small city bigotry and private sexual experimentation. Charles Deemer is at the writing college at Portland kingdom collage and is an award-winning playwright.
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He'd only come back because his 53 CHARLES DEEMER wife had cancer and had wanted to come home, and he had taught at the high school only for a few years before retiring again. Besides, Emmett may well be a homosexual, or why else would he move in with Arnie Woodworth, a man who flaunted his perverse lifestyle and was a local disgrace. Arnie doesn’t flaunt a thing, Helen countered, and is hardly ever seen in town, which is quite the opposite from making a spectacle of himself. And there was another reason that Emmett moved into the farmhouse.
She didn’t want him to be mad at her, even if she deserved it. Yes, she had pitied him. But she’d only wanted to make him feel better. “We’ll be careful,” Emmett repeated. iv Shandy didn’t realize that the contractor was Bill Richardson, one of her regulars at Tony’s Truck Haven, until they were leading the saddled horses out of the barn. Bill was standing with Arnie some thirty or forty yards away, deep in conversation. He was wearing his usual jeans and white T-shirt, a pack of cigarettes rolled up in one arm as if he thought he was James Dean.
No one was downstairs, so Shandy went outside. She was no stranger to the Woodworth farmhouse. Like all children in Hamartin, she had grown up believing it was haunted. One reason to believe this was that the house was hidden by trees when you passed by on the road, as if terrible secrets were lurking inside. Another was that a strange man, who happened to be the high school art teacher, lived all alone in a two-story house large enough for a family. If you had the angle to see the 43 CHARLES DEEMER house proper, or had the audacity to get close enough, you immediately noticed its odd appearance, unlike any other house in the valley, with a severely pitched roof with two front-facing gables that looked like huge eyes when the afternoon sun caught the windows right.
Emmett's Gift by Charles Deemer