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We were all young once, and some of us still are, but because each of us has a different growing-up experience, all of us wonder if we’ve missed out on the joys, trials, and craziness that others have experienced, so we read coming-of-age to remember the good times and analyze the bad times, and turn back the clock, if just for a little while, to get the feels all over again. John Hughes made a career on young nostalgia, and he’s one of my favorite filmmakers of all time, and so, of course, my fondness for his films have translated into my own dive into the genre. And if you add popular writers like Nick Hornby into the mix, then maybe you’ll begin to understand the people who have influenced this section. And if youthful nostalgia sounds like a place you want to return to, then check out these titles to whet your palate.

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Novellas

Gutter Child

a novella

(2016)

Eat your vegetables. Brush your teeth. Trust your history.

And, remember, don’t ask stupid questions.

At what point does a lie become the truth? When does that truth become a lie? On the day that he moves off to college it seems that Jimmy Grogan’s whole family history becomes a lie. But is that true?

Short Stories

Shell Out

a short story

(2015)

Money can buy the world and sell the soul. But can it also buy happiness?

Greg would love to enjoy a prosperous life, filling his apartment with luxuries, going out with friends, and meeting the girl of his dreams. But there’s a problem: He’s poor. Even when he makes the valiant effort to work hard for the money, invisible hands snag his progress away. Is it just how the world works? Or can he still build his ideal life?

Eleven Miles

from Home

a short story

(2015)

Love. Hate. Jet Skis. Two ex-lovers must play this shell game in the middle of nowhere. But who will win?

Richard and Rachel stopped getting along months ago, but they continue to go out together to satisfy the one recreational interest they share. However, when misfortune steals that link away and leaves them stranded on the side of the road eleven miles from home, they must not only figure out what went wrong in their relationship but decide whether it’s even worth saving.

Note: This is the original release.

Love. Hate. Jet Skis. Two ex-lovers must play this shell game in the middle of nowhere. But who will win?

Richard and Rachel stopped getting along months ago, but they continue to go out together to satisfy the one recreational interest they share. However, when misfortune steals that link away and leaves them stranded on the side of the road eleven miles from home, they must not only figure out what went wrong in their relationship but decide whether it’s even worth saving.

Note: This is the original release.

Eleven Miles

from Home

a short story

(2015)

Eleven Miles

from Home:

Remastered Edition

a short story

(2020)

Love. Hate. Jet Skis. Two ex-lovers must play this shell game in the middle of nowhere. But who will win?

Richard and Rachel stopped getting along months ago, but they continue to go out together to satisfy the one recreational interest they share. However, when misfortune steals that link away and leaves them stranded on the side of the road eleven miles from home, they must not only figure out what went wrong in their relationship but decide whether it’s even worth saving.

Note: This remastered release retells the story of Eleven Miles from Home in smaller interwoven chunks.

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Nova enjoying her garden (classic 2004 photo, treated).