4th Sunday: In the Dirty
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Kent Huges a gifted storyteller Feb 04, 2006
By M. Parker
I envy Kent Hughes. He is a gifted storyteller whose ear for realistic dialogue never lets him down. His sense of pertinent detail allows him to sketch scenes when speed is necessary to advance the storyline. Yet, he can slow down and paint panoramas when the reader needs to savor the actions of character or the importance of setting.
When Kent approached me about taking a look at his novel, "4th Sunday in the Dirty," I reacted like I usually do. I smiled and said yes, but secretly I groaned within. Time is my most precious commodity, and my workload leaves me little time to share. But Kent is a friend. How could I turn him down?
After reading just a few pages into "4th Sunday," I was hooked. Kent's story of the struggles of Beatrice Harold riveted me. The story flows seamlessly from its racy beginning on through its comedy and spookiness until the tale culminates in a message of revenge and reconciliation.
After years of effort and dozens of revisions, Kent has brought his poetry and novel home from the Sinai desert in an innovative work that combines in one volume his novel "4th Sunday in the Dirty" with his collection of poems, "Black Frame: Life Inspired Poetry".
Together, they form a unit that reveals more than the story of Beatrice Harold and those close to her. This novel and collection of poems reveal the heart and soul of a gifted storyteller and poet.