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Mom hurried to put in a load of wash and organize dinner. Her focus was usually like a laser beam, but on this afternoon, she had spaced out that I was in the house. When I picked up the kitchen phone to call Joyce, I overheard her talking from her bedroom extension.
“No, no, you’re not listening,” the man said in an upset voice. I recognized the voice of Charlie Diggs.
“I am listening,” my mother insisted.
“Julia nags me, day and night, about her biological clock.”
“I thought you two agreed you weren’t having children.”
“We did agree. Isn’t that the point? She doesn’t even realize when she changes her mind.”
“I’m sorry she makes you miserable.”
“Louis doesn’t know how lucky he is,” Charlie added. “Jesus, what you have to go through with him. He should treat you better, Gloria. Does he know how much I love you? Why can’t you get up the courage and tell him?”
“Oh, Charlie, poor Charlie,” my mother responded whenever his voice fell silent.
Mom was still on the phone when I burst into her room. She knew instantly that I’d heard everything. Charlie was still talking as she hung up.
“Mom, what are you doing?! What’s going on?!” My face was hot and cold at the same time.
All she could do was stare back helplessly, like a ghost haunting her own life.
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Once Upon A Lie
by Michael French
GENRE: Fiction / Murder Mystery
Once Upon a Lie is about a smart, ambitious sixteen year old, Alexandra, who chooses to keep silent when she learns terrible secrets about both her father and her mother, whom she grew up adoring. The price of keeping her “perfect” family together soon unravels her well-planned future, and puts in jeopardy the life of a young stranger whom she befriends and ultimately falls in love with. We learn how your life can end at any time, and it can end more than once. And then it can be saved.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Michael R. French graduated from Stanford University where he was an English major, focusing on creative writing, and studied under Wallace Stegner. He received a Master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University. He later served in the United States Army before marrying Patricia Goodkind, an educator and entrepreneur, and starting a family. In addition to publishing over twenty titles, including award-winning young adult fiction, adult fiction, biographies ad self-help books, he has written or co-written a half-dozen screenplays, including Intersection, which has won awards in over twenty film festivals. He has also had a long business career in real estate, living in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His passions include travel, collecting rare books, and hanging with friends and family. He describes his worst traits as impatience and saying “no” too quickly; his best are curiosity, taking risks, and learning from failure.