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Summer Stories 2019

The Spokesman-Review’s annual short-fiction series. For 10 weeks, some of Spokane’s best writers will share new, original works of short fiction based on a central theme. In recent years, writers have taken us on a road trip, camping in the woods, diving into the lake and floating down the river. For this sixth edition of Summer Stories, we’ve decided to go back to where it started: the past.

The Summer of ’69, one of the most significant years of the late 20th century will be explored by Spokane authors: Shawn Vestal, Kris Dinnison, Stephanie Oakes, Megan Rowe, Sharma Shields, Chris Crutcher, Sherry Jones, Sarah Hulse, Thom Caraway and Jess Walter.

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Summer Stories: ‘Eat, Drink and Be Merry’ by Sherry Jones

All Jack wants for his 69th birthday is to celebrate the way the people used to: around the table, feasting with friends, everyone happy. Is that too much to ask? “A party in these times?” When Jack had apparated to his daughter’s place with the invitation, her husband, Bob, hadn’t even tried to hide his contempt. He’d smirked at Sunny, who shook her head ever so slightly. But Bob was never to be dissuaded from speaking his mind, especially when he had something negative to say, which was always. “Nabob,” Jack calls him under his breath.

Summer Stories: Summer of ‘69

For this sixth edition of Summer Stories, The Spokesman-Review's annual short fiction series, we’ve decided to go back 50 years to the Summer of ’69, one of the most significant years of the late 20th century.
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