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Tom Gething

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Tom Gething received a B.A. in English literature from the University of Arizona in 1975. He spent a career in international business before pursuing fiction writing in earnest. His stories have appeared in The Soundings Review, The Barcelona Review, and other publications. Under a False Flag is his first novel. Though primarily based on historical research, it builds on his experience living, working and traveling in Latin America. Tom lives with his wife and a black Labrador retriever in the Seattle area.

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Kris Thanks so much for the friend request, Tom! I just had a wonderful time browsing through your book shelves. I see many favorites, as well as aspirational favorites (or favorites-in-waiting) on them. And any fan of Siegfried Sassoon is a friend of mine! :)

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Tom David wrote: "Yeah, I'm probably wrong about Stoner. Most people seem to think so anyway, so you probably made a good investment.

Nice to meet you, by the way."

Likewise. Looking forward to your reviews.

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Rakhi Dalal Thanks for the invite :) I will definitely keep you posted about my progress.

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