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All the Living

by C E Morgan

Intensely rooted in a place but un-rooted in time, Aloma's story could be from almost any decade of the past century. The stillness, the silence, the harshness of the elements, and the distant rise of the Kentucky horizon are the warp and weft of the writing. The whole tale feels much bigger than it is; spacious enough to engulf you entirely.

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Then after all her dreaming, when her final year arrived, she stared down her future with an unblinking eye. She had no money, no people to speak of. She wanted nothing more than to study the piano in some faraway place, but when the school asked her to continue after graduation and be the staff pianist for their music program, she agreed, because she had nowhere else to go and no way to get there.

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