A middle-aged man takes off on the road trip of his life, hitchhiking across the country to try to reconnect with left-behind places, past lovers, distant friends, lost opportunities, and even the old self he left behind. Looking for answers along the way, the indulges in hallucinogenic drugs, alcohol, and the cigarettes he gave up before. Even he does not know what he is looking for. Is it to reclaim the past, or to redeem himself from it? In the end, is the new life and rejuvenation he seeks even possible?
This “ficlet novel” is the first of its kind: a short novel where every scene is limited to one ficlet (a unit of fiction of 1024 characters or less). The result is a story with the depth and complexity of a novel, but one where every scene is presented to the reader boiled to its essence.
Ultimately, the story faces the hard truths about what we leave when we leave, how we lose touch with our family, friends, and even ourselves, and how we can find hope against the bleak and crushing tide of time.
Praise for T.F. Torrey’s Ficlets
Beautifully written and an interesting perspective….
—Storykeeper of Fae
I thoroughly enjoyed this. Very unique point of view. Awesome!
Wow! This is beautifully written and so descriptive!! It’s wonderful!
Amazing descriptions and point of view. Great!
What a gorgeous ficlet! Beautifully done.
Brilliance in the form of a ficlet!
—Laine the Grey
… it’s incredible how much story you’ve packed into just 1024 characters.
Wow, that was simply brilliant.
—Laine the Grey
I first read this one a few weeks ago and it still haunts me.
Terrific ending and great writing…. A tale well told.
I loved this! Too funny. =)
Q and A
Q. So, this says “ficlet” and “novelette”, does that mean it’s a short story?
A. No. A novelette is a full-length work of fiction between 10 and 20 thousand words long. This one is 10,358 words long. It is a complete story that could be a movie, with lots of characters, actions, events, subplots, and the rest you’d expect to find in a novel.
Q. So, are the scenes short stories?
A. No, they are scenes in a full-length work of fiction.
Q. Is this book made from ficlets you wrote before for ficlets.com or somewhere?
A. No, this is a completely new and (hopefully) original story.
Q. Why don’t the characters have names?
A. At first it was a practical choice to try to keep the character count low, but it became a stylistic choice because I liked the idea that readers would fill in names from people in their own experience.
Q. The main character has a lot of details similar to yours. Is this book about you?
A. No. A “trick” for developing and writing a story quickly is to model the main character after yourself, and that’s what I did here. The protagonist of Long Way Home shares some geographical history and other details with me (saying more would be spoilers, I think), but he was his own person right from the start.
Q. If I don’t like it, can I get my money back?
A. Sure. You’ll have to see Amazon’s site for specifics, but I believe that all Kindle books come with a 7-day money-back guarantee. If you don’t like it, go to the Amazon page where you manage content and devices, find the book at the top of your Kindle content, and return it. I’ve returned some stinkers myself.
Q. Will you be doing more of these?
A. Most definitely. This was fun to write, and I think it turned into a powerful story that is quick to read but packs a wallop.
Q. What do I do if I like it?
A. First, write a nice review (it doesn’t have to be long) and post it on Amazon. Then, tell all your friends.