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Come home to Kane Country.
You can go on an Exquisite Excursion by being Northwest Bound. You
can even be Sidetracked and get involved with the Secret Service
or the Armed Forces.
Okay, Ive had a little fun with Virginias story titles, but with stories
that good, I can have fun with them. And they are good. She is a prolific writer with some
stories running into several parts.
Take Does It Matter, not only do you get a good explanation of life behind
baseball, but you get a nice twist at the end. With Northwest Bound, the main character
gets unfairly treated in the beginning, but wins out in the end. And you even get the same
story from two different angles with I Think I Need A Drink and The Next
Rounds On Me
But enough of that, lets get down to the review. Virginia has seventeen stories on
Storysite with six being multi-part. All are well constructed and are good reads.
I have mentioned Does It Matter and the twist at the end. I liked this one,
I liked it very much. It starts with Van being kicked of the baseball team and the
attendant problems that brings (okay not in any great detail). A quick tour of his descent
into alcoholism follows. Van ends up on a course for scouts and meets another alcoholic,
Bill. They have a heart to heart talk in which Bill finally lets Van know how he deals
with the craving.
Exquisite Excursion tells of the journey a son whose mother is a lesbian.
She likes to get her own way, at least with him, and he thinks he is able to channel this
to his own ends. You guessed it
he doesnt get away with it in the end, but it
does end happily.
Having the same story told from two angles has some attractions, for one you get two
stories for the price of one, but it also has some drawbacks or pitfalls. You have to be
careful that both stories agree and, if you have a key scene in one story that involves
only one of the characters, you have to be able to introduce that scene in the other
story. I am not sure that I would like to attempt such a feat, but Virginia has. The story
is told from Lous point in Next Rounds On Me and from Joes
point in I Think I Need A Drink.
Personally, I think you would miss a rare treat if you didnt read at least one of