Honor by Daniel Grotta
(Black Bear, Pennsylvania)

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What is it to be honorable? In the eyes of others? In your own heart? Is it what you've done or who you are?

Jeff Smith was, as his bully of a brother-in-law Gene Engelhardt was fond of retelling, “what the cat dragged in.” A scruffy, bearded hippie Gene’s sister Bonne had met and fallen deeply in love with decades ago at a Washington peace rally against the Vietnam War. Even shaved and doing whatever the Engelhardts wanted, his in-laws never accepted or approved of Jeff. Now, Jeff is saddled with a family, a dead end job, and, after Bonnie died of cancer, a mountain of debt. Only Jeff has a secret and a unique possession that could possibly solve his financial problems and help his daughter realize her dream, if he can ever overcome the guilt and shame that has haunted him for over thirty years.

Honor, a novella by Daniel Grotta, explores the human cost when patriotism, personal ethics and the deep bond of friendship collide.

Honor is the first in a series of stories from Pixel Hall Press set in the fictional Pocono Mountains village of Black Bear, Pennsylvania. Black Bear, Pennsylvania is a fictional village in the Poconos Mountains created as a literary folie à deux by Daniel Grotta and his wife Sally Wiener Grotta. Both Daniel and Sally are dipping into the same pool of invented locale and characters to write a series of separate stories and novels that will, eventually, paint a full picture of the diversity of life and relationships in a small mountain village.

Another Black Bear story that is currently available on Amazon is a full length novel called Jo Joe, by Sally Wiener Grotta.

About Daniel Grotta

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A former war correspondent, investigative reporter, editor and critic, Daniel Grotta has written literally thousands of articles, reviews and columns for major magazines, newspapers and online journals. He has also written several books, including "J.R.R. Tolkien, Architect of Middle Earth," the renowned first biography of the creator of "The Lord of the Rings." Among his many accolades and awards is one that stands apart from the rest: His writings were, at one point, the most requested to be recorded as audio files by Reading for the Blind in Philadelphia, because of the visual clarity and beauty of his prose. Daniel Grotta is a frequent speaker on writing and publishing at conferences and other events. He also welcomes invitations to participate in discussions with book clubs (via Skype or phone), and to do occasional readings.
Published March 10, 2012 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 66 pages
Genres: War, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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