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Jeff has won several short fiction awards and his work has appeared in the US, UK, and Canada. His narrative nonfiction story “The Wells Creek Route” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and his novel Where the River Splits was praised in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and on St. Louis KMOX radio.

His most recent work, Eight Billion Steps: My Impossible Quest For Cancer Comedy is about (as may seem obvious) finding humor in cancer. After Jeff was diagnosed with an extremely large and rare salivary gland tumor on the back of his tongue, throat and jaw, he and his wife began their fun-filled search for treatment. Eight Billion Steps is Jeff’s life-affirming odyssey, told with honesty and humor, interspersed with moments of terror. And includes pra
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Average rating: 4.05 · 55 ratings · 36 reviews · 7 distinct works · Similar authors
Where the River Splits
3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 25 ratings — published 2008 — 5 editions
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No Teacher Left Standing
4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 11 ratings — published 2011 — 3 editions
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Cynthia and the Blue Cat's ...
3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 9 ratings — published 2011 — 4 editions
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Eight Billion Steps: My Imp...
4.43 of 5 stars 4.43 avg rating — 7 ratings — published 2013 — 3 editions
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Finding Your Fiction: Conci...
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Eight Billion Steps by Jeffrey Penn May
"Thank you GoodReads for a free copy of this book! This was a very motivating book. It tells the struggles of the author as he goes thru treatment for salivary gland cancer. It was sad but yet uplifting at the same time. He beat the cancer and was..." Read more of this review »
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Finding Your Fiction by Jeffrey Penn May
"I love that this book emphases the subconscious practice of the techniques outlined. It leaves the mindless memorizing for the public school and gives real usage advice when writing fiction. While I would have wished for a bit more to the content,..." Read more of this review »
In Watermelon Sugar by Richard Brautigan
" Kristi wrote: "I read your book! Oh, yes, i definitely see the influence. "Cynthia" is really a lovely story."

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And You Call Yourself A Teacher?

Reluctantly I find myself criticizing a writer who has come closer than most to capturing the chaos of elementary school teaching. No Teacher Left Standing reads like a whirlwind of lunchrooms, auditoriums, and classro
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Where the River Splits by Jeffrey Penn May
" Christine,
Thanks for taking another look at the ending. Susan is the stronger character at the end, and I’m glad you were able to see that. Most of my
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Where the River Splits by Jeffrey Penn May
" I'll send you a copy. Assuming you need to, here's my email jmay194@sbcglobal.net. Not much crude language, one or two sex scenes integral to the plot ...more"
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