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A Book of Short Stories - A girl and boy discover the difference between best friends and just friends. The summer before university is the catalyst for some strange longings. A woman wrestles with a difficult insurance claim which resonates with an event from her past. An aging writer gives a career-spanning interview with an unintended revelation. These and other great c ...more
ebook, First, 143 pages
Published March 29th 2015 by Hanton House Creative Media
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Nick Rossi
Jun 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
It has been a long while since I have reviewed a set of short stories. I am immensely happy that I chose to break my unintentional short story drought with Mark Victor Young’s incessantly charming “Awkward Stages .”

Young’s decision to depict Da Vinci’s Vetruvian Man on the cover is a gutsy one. It evokes a heralding of classic art, but also subliminally asks the reader to question what makes up the composition of the ideal human form. Therefore, when the reader gets to the first short story enti
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Henk-Jan van der Klis
Awkward Stages is a collection of short love stories. High school or growing into adolescence as a starting point for 'awkward stages' in the search for Mr. or Mrs. Right. Platonic love and rationalized thoughts until she dances with someone else. Being invited to a would be fantastic party which turns out to be lame. Encounters in a tree house or on Facebook to name a few. Mark Victor Young has a fine style to portrait convincing characters and mini plots to keep you engaged. Warning: the book ...more
Sandra Lopez
Jul 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
Awkward Stages chronicles the growing pains of various characters.

In "Crotch Dogs," a boy recalls romantic feelings for a girl in the midst of a strange dog-crotch-licking theory.

And there may be some "Practical Uses of Voodoo in the Workplace" after all.

For me, these tales were particularly dry and banal. At some point I wondered what the deal was with these people. They were definitely undergoing some "awkward stages" here. A solid effort was evident in the writing, but even that got a litt
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Mark Victor Young
Apr 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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Husband, father, writer. Happily married since 1992 and a father since 2003, Mark has been a writer for as long as he can remember. Meat-free since 1995. He was born in Toronto and grew up in London, Canada. He was the first winner of the Lillian Kroll Prize for Creative Writing at Western University, where he also completed a degree in English Literature. Mark has published novels, poetry, sh ...more

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