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Lord of the Rafters By Kevin Prochaska
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Langston “Bitsy” Pittman is born a Mulatto, undersized and glaringly biracial. When he is five years old, Bitsy’s black mother enrolls him in the Second Street Christian School, the... More > only student there of African descent. His white father abandons the family shortly afterwards, and Bitsy’s mother dies of a massive heart attack a few years later. The boy turns bitter, blaming his mother’s death on a God who could have saved her but failed to do so. Bitsy renounces his faith, quits school, and eventually turns to a life of crime. One night, many years later, Bitsy sets out to burglarize a liquor store but discovers that the police have staked it out. Furious, he stumbles upon his former school and breaks in. In a bizarre twist of circumstances, he finds himself trapped inside the building as the new day dawns. Bitsy is forced to flee to the attic, and through vents in the floor, watches as the school day unfolds in the classrooms below.< Less
Making Mr. Bamff By Kevin Prochaska
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During the winter of 1944, American and German armies fight a bloody battle in the Hurtgen forest on the German-Belgium border. American soldiers on night patrol detonate a landmine, paralyzing the... More > lone survivor. A mysterious figure emerges from the darkness and drags the wounded man to a remote quarry where dead soldiers from both armies are neatly stacked. The soldier soon realizes that his rescuer, an army medic, has been severely traumatized by the carnage of war. Wracked with guilt as soldiers under his care constantly die, the medic is a broken man seeking escape through the morphine he carries. The soldier becomes a silent witness to the man’s spiraling descent into madness. The medic has deserted his unit and roams the forest at night, collecting the dead. He is determined to bring back to life Mr. Bamff, the wise and kindly janitor from his high school days. Convinced that, with Mr. Bamff’s resurrection, he will once again live in the utopia of his youth, the man has a plan.< Less