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A tale of a zealous authoritarian high school administrator exploits his position to break Shane Davison's teen spirit, unaware of the Pandora's box he has unintentionally opened. The administrator's unrestrained actions set into motion a chain of events which no one expected, in this early 1970's narrative, told from Shane's teenage perspective.

Shane takes the reader into his confidence to reveal a nightmare of biased victimization in a small, ultra-conservative, north Oklahoma town. A true, honest-to-goodness southern literary novel, inspired by actual events, work-in-progress by Dale Thele..


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What is Southern Literary Fiction, you ask?

Actually, Southern Literary Fiction is not a "genre" per se, but a merger of two styles of literature: Southern Literature and Literary Fiction, both are recognized as legitimate literary styles within the literary community. Southern Literary Fiction has been around for quite some time, but it has often been mislabeled as Southern Gothic, or simply Fiction so to fit within the set "genres" established by legacy (traditional) publishing houses for marketing purposes. Controversy also exists between writers over the proper technical aspects of what makes up Southern Literary Fiction; it's like putting a hard-right-wing conservative Republican in the same room with a far-left liberal Democrat, the only thing they will agree on is to agree to disagree. In recent years, due to the explosive growth of self-publishing and independent author marketing, Southern Literary Fiction is growing a respectable audience of readers within today's crowded marketplace. Below are basic definitions of both styles of literature, per Wikipedia:

Southern literature (sometimes called the literature of the American South) is defined as American literature about the Southern United States or by writers from this region. Characteristics of Southern literature include a focus on a common Southern history, the significance of family, a sense of community, and one's role within it, a sense of justice, the region's dominant religion (Christanity -- see Protestantism) and the burden/rewards religion often brings, issues of racial tension, land and the promise it brings, a sense of social class and place, and the use of the Southern dialect.

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Literary fiction are fictional works that are deemed to be of literary merit, as distinguished from most commercial, or “genre” fiction. The distinction can be controversial among critics and scholars, especially because a number of major literary figures have witten genre fiction, including John Banville, Doris Lessing, Iain Banks, and Margaret Atwood.

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