New Short Fiction Collection is Noir w/ Surprising Depth, Spirituality

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C. V. Schweitzer’s “Thumbs” is a remarkably truthful work of communication from the American heartland

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Three stories that involve hitchhiking as central movement and the philosophical means by which these stories are given meaning, “Resurrection Of Jacklin Smith,” “Mr. Poppies’ Secret,” and “Kiss the Buffalo Goodbye,” are gathered in Thumbs, C. V. Schweitzer’s convincing bid to join the glamorous noir world of unkind death, lives turned inside out by fickle destiny, and put together in the wholly coincidental paths of story.

This collection is a gem-like find for all who understand how the American road is perhaps the most truthful means of communication for the American heartland. Schweitzer has gotten it all down in these stories, and more – these stories of ordinary people and their ordinary tragedies and little problems boil down to bare, lucent spiritual pastiches, breathing like all Americans do, with just the right hints of heat, road dust, and fuel consumed along the way.

In Thumbs, life as Americans know it is made into a poetry of commonality, of convenience, of being able to move on despite the odds. And what else is not to be conquered? The book is remarkable in its effects, the unwritten truths more deeply affecting for not being said. Hitchhiking has been glamorized by people like Kerouac and Che Guevara. It has been dubbed a lost art, an exciting, even dangerous and technically free means of getting to places. For people in Schweitzer’s book it is clearly an ordinary means of unromantic transport and proletarian community but he makes it so that nothing of the dream and the continuity of God’s kingdom are lost.

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About the Author
C. V. Schweitzer was born and raised on a farm south of Dodge City Kansas. As a child, he could frequently be found playing cowboys and Indians with Dennis Hopper in the Buzlys Grocery Store parking lot on Saturdays. After traveling the world for 30 years as a member of the United States Air Force he is finally putting some of those experiences down on paper. His passion against; injustice, stupidity and political correctness may be seen from time to time through his writings. He is currently working on a children story, “THE MAKING OF AN ANGEL” , a puppy bought as a Christmas gift, then abandoned when the fun of having a dog wears off will be on the shelves by Christmas, and a novel, “SHADOW OF THE RAINBOW” ,born from the aftermath of the Viet Nam War early next year.

Thumbs * by C. V. Schweitzer
Publication Date: September 10, 2012
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 136 pages; 978-1-4771-2424-6
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