The Acorn Stories (Acorn, Texas Book 1)
StoneWall Society Pride in the Arts Award. Comedy and drama in West Texas, from the author of Degranon, Holding Me Together, and New Readings of Winesburg, Ohio. “A lush tangle of small-town life branches out in this engrossing collection of short stories.”—Kirkus Discoveries.
Some of The Individual Stories.
“Acorn”: When we arrive at the fictional West Texas town of Acorn, the narrative keeps shifting between Regina and Dirk, who both seek control over their relationship.
“Flip, Turn”: A different scene from the narrator's amusing but unproductive life comes to him every time he turns to swim in the opposite direction.
“Keeping A Secret”: A little boy wants to shield his mother and his little brother from a dangerous situation.
“Survival”: A young teacher (both deaf and gay) clashes with a popular football coach.
“Paying The Rent”: In this politically incorrect tale, an inarticulate young man hopes to marry a rich woman so he can pay the rent, but he finds her repulsive.
Books by Duane Simolke
This anthology of essays and poems explores many social issues, while celebrating friendship, love, and writing. This collection, quoted by many authors and Web masters, includes the multi-part essay Reactions to Homophobia, followed by poems and short essays on a variety of topics, such as writing, AIDS, religion, violence, family, friendship, and gay relationships.
This book examines Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio, as it relates to Gertrude Stein, gender roles, failed communication, and the machine in the garden. Simolke also looks at Anderson’s concerns about mechanization, loneliness, and the mistreatment of many people.
The Return of Innocence: A Fantasy Adventure. Exciting eBook about a teen girl who stumbles into adventure and becomes a legend. Her allies include her gay brother and an elderly but heroic lesbian couple. Revised, second edition. By Duane Simolke with Toni Davis.
Diversity-themed science fiction! We stopped racism and homophobia, but face surveillance of our weight and our words. Now a First Nation family gets caught between our oppressive government and the colony it rejected.
In an alternate reality, an Iroquois woman and her twin gay sons battle shapeshifting aliens. Telius simply wants to marry the man he loves. Argen struggles with the residual effects of a deadly drug addiction. Both twins help their mother face Valchondria’s greatest threats.