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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...more


My kids are kind, considerate, and empathetic. Where did I go wrong? 1. Money really is power, freedom, and pretty teeth. While it can’t buy you perfect health, it can help – a lot. While it can’t “buy you love,” … Continue reading → Read more of this blog post »
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Published on July 23, 2014 09:02
Average rating: 4.13 · 39 ratings · 30 reviews · 7 distinct works · Similar authors
Where the River Splits
3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 21 ratings — published 2008 — 5 editions
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No Teacher Left Standing
4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 8 ratings — published 2011 — 3 editions
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Eight Billion Steps: My Imp...
4.6 of 5 stars 4.60 avg rating — 5 ratings — published 2013 — 3 editions
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Finding Your Fiction: Conci...
4.5 of 5 stars 4.50 avg rating — 2 ratings — published 2011 — 2 editions
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Cynthia and the Blue Cat's ...
4.5 of 5 stars 4.50 avg rating — 2 ratings — published 2011 — 4 editions
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The Wells Creek Route and O...
0.0 of 5 stars 0.00 avg rating — 0 ratings — published 2013
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Roobala Take Me Home
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Eight Billion Steps by Jeffrey Penn May
" I finished this book a few days ago and wanted to give some thought to it before posting a review. The author is not too far out from his fight with head and neck cancer. His story is gut-wrenching, gritty and so descriptive I felt I was making th... " Read more of this review »
No Teacher Left Standing by Jeffrey Penn May
" Really enjoyed the book. The ending was "off" though. I guess I wanted something else to happen to story. Glad I bought this! "
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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...more
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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...more
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"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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Where the River Splits by Jeffrey Penn May
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Apparently authors are allowed to rate and review their own books, so why not? I'm doing this to counteract the following one-star "review" which I believe has little to no merit:"I admit I didn't read much of this book. I didn't like the writer's st...more
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"James wrote: "I completely agree. I am glad I read it. I would not read it again. The pacing is emotionally taxing and pretty soon, you just want the...more "
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Mixed Emotions, Mountaineering Writings of Greg Child by Greg Child
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Mixed Emotions, Mountaineering Writings of Greg Child was published in 1993 and includes previously published stories from the 70s and 80s. However, mountain adventures are timeless and always fun, especially for climbers. I was fascinated by complai...more
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