Posts Tagged ‘Key West’

* a short review of Hawk Channel Chase by Tom Corcoran

Posted by Lew Weinstein on June 8, 2012

I really like Corcoran’s Key West stories. Part of it is I live just a few blocks from Alex Rutledge’s fictional home, so I recognize just about every street, restaurant and landmark.

The story line is confusing. I’m not sure I had it all figured out even at the end. Matter of fact, I’m not sure Corcoran actually explained it all. Many characters and multiple plot lines are woven together in non-stop action.  Only the fact that it’s all from Rutledge’s perspective keeps the lack of coherent transitions from being a major problem. The reader just lives with Rutledge’s life as it comes at him.

Usually confusion bothers me, but this time it didn’t matter. I kept reminding myself there was no examination at the end of the book and let myself enjoy a series of great rides – by boat, motorcycle and Cannondale. The characters are interesting, there is Corcoran’s excellent sense of humor, and the flavor of a place I love. There are some serious aspects to the plot, if you want to worry about them, but they don’t get in the way of the fun.

Oh, and the most memorable quote has to do with a vibrator.


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* a moving thank you from the girls at the Keys Center Academy

Posted by Lew Weinstein on May 28, 2012

For the past two years, I have organized and taught a fiction writing workshop at the Keys Center Academy (KCA) in Key West. Last week, they held an appreciation breakfast for all of the adult volunteers who contribute to their unique learning environment.

KCA is a program of the Key West High School for girls “at risk” for a variety of reasons. There are no issues, however, with their intellectual capabilities, and every one who came to my workshop produced the beginnings of a solid first scene, and one produced what I thought was a publishable story.

students, teachers and volunteers at KCA

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