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The day before he leaves to fight in World War II, a Georgia farm boy tries to find a way to tell the neighbor girl he loves her.
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Published March 1st 2011 by Shelly King
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There are times when you read a story and wonder why the writer felt the need to stretch it into a novel since it is filled with metaphors and overblown prose. There are other times when you read a story that is only a few pages long, but filled with a string of pearls so luminous you wish it were more than a short story.

When I read a story or novel set in the South, I listen for the authentic voice and turn of phrase I heard growing up as a military brat and “The Sweetgum Tree” manages to capt
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Shelly King is a native Southerner who packed her bags and moved to Silicon Valley at the beginning of the Internet boom. She works for a major software company as a social media strategist and information architect. Her stories have been published in the GW Review, Epiphany, Slow Trains, the Dos Passos Review, and the Coe Review. She lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains with her husband, two big ...more
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