Literary / Coming of Age

A Death That Changes Many Young Lives

January 25, 2013
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Indie author Kevin Sharp

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1983. Newborn MTV. Cabbage Patch Kids. President Reagan. A U.S. – Soviet Cold War that threatens to go “hot” at any moment. Against this backdrop three teenagers begin a year of painful change and turmoil after the sudden loss of one of their closest friends, in Kevin Sharp‘s book “After Dakota.”

Dakota meant different things to Cameron, Bryce, and Claire. When she disappears in a plane crash, they each have to face their own mortality, along with the secrets they still carry about her.

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The Indie Author Life

Kevin Sharp is also author of the prizewinning short story “2012.” An excerpt:

You are 18 years old. In Amy’s bedroom, listening to Annie Lennox. The ice has made your earlobe numb. She lies on her back, silent beneath the artificial stars on the ceiling. The lamp, sheathed in red silk, highlights downy hair on her arms. You realize in hindsight that this is the type of memory one might refer back to when asked to name “A time you were truly happy.” In later retellings (to yourself primarily) you make yourself truly happy by lessening your soon-to-be sizzling agony, intense need to urinate, and the fact that your left foot is asleep, the circulation cut off by Amy’s resting head. This will sometimes seem like the last moment you were sure of anything.

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