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An Idaho farmer who aches for absolution after a tragedy is given one more chance at redemption. Two runaways cross paths in a Tennessee bus station with only one ticket between them. A family sees looters racing toward their home as they escape an Oregon wildfire. A young couple takes a reckless turn off a state highway in Utah and finds themselves in a nightmarish government biohazard area.
These and 46 more shorts make up an anthology that will surprise readers with each new thought-provoking story as they skip across different genres, moods, and states of mind. Together, they provide a character-driven sampling of the American experience over the last 60 years — the kind and the cruel, the heroic and criminal — in unpredictable and exciting ways.
50 States is a debut collection of short stories that capture the human condition and how perception shapes destiny. The book spans several literary genres with each short story set in a different state across America.
The collection continues to receive high praise from editorial reviewers and interest from a growing community of readers who wonder how Richard R. Becker will expand upon and weave together more stories and full-length works.
"A cleverly conceived, character-driven, if overstuffed, anthology sure to delight and enchant." - Kirkus Reviews
"Richard R. Becker has made a stellar debut with 50 States! I fell in love with how each short story packs a punch and is memorable on its own." — Readers' Favorite
"The author's writing flows from story to story effectively keeping readers wanting more." — Entrada Reviews
"An impressive short story collection that will take you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions." — The Reading Bud
"Richard is a superb writer, with an eloquent tongue and a tremendous turn of phrase, and these gems are each a standalone high-brow work of art." — Matt McAvoy Book Reviews
"The writing is gripping, the characters are regular people from all walks of life forced to survive with the hand that destiny dealt them, the action is fast and entertaining, and the atmosphere is immersive." — The Audiobook Blog
Richard R. Becker is an award-winning American writer. His debut collection of experimental and speculative fiction began as a project to write one story a week for 50 weeks. He continues to expand many of these stories for inclusion in a second collection and expects some will evolve into larger works.
When he is not writing fiction, Richard works as a creative strategist for Copywrite, Ink., a 30-year-old strategic communication and writing services firm with clients that have included several government agencies and Fortune 500 Companies. He has also been very active as a global community servant and taught a number of classes at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Aside from his work, he enjoys a broad range of activities, including travel, hiking, exercise, photography, and illustration. He is married and has two children.