The Taste of Persimmons
The Taste of Persimmons: The Chronicles of Bayboro Correctional Facility 1.
Nobody can give you a better account than a talented witness. The first of four books of stories by Bela Abel, written right where the action takes place, that is - in prison. His short stories carry a substantial measure of dark comedy and mystery. Follow Abel's lead and you will laugh from the pungent satire of Leaning Tower (the tears will come later). You will long for wasted life in the magical realism of Fourth Waltz. You may taste despair in the Taste of Persimmons and you will laugh out loud with Zippo and Sticks. It is all there - love and hate, joy and sorrow, hope and agony in The Chronicles of Bayboro Correctional Facility I. If you were looking for a unique and independent take on life, and life not just in a prison, but life as it is at large, do not look any further - You've found it!
A brief description of the stories, collected in the first book of Chronicles of Bayboro Correctional Facility I , The Taste of Persimmons:
Leaning Tower of Pezdin:
Joe Pezdin couldn't believe in his luck – they’ve hired him as a plumbing manager. A plumbing manager for the whole Bayboro Correctional Facility. Will they give him a service weapon? So far Joe couldn’t really well manage himself, but this was an Al job and he knew that everything is about to change for the better. Or that’s what he thought, until Aubrey Stokes convinced him that the water tower is about to fall.
Sticks, Dots and Squiggles:
An eternal story about a fight between bigotry and tolerance, stupidity and wisdom, violence and even stronger violence. Warning: Practicing Scholars of Kabbalah can be found even in a state prison, don't mess with them.
Love Finds the Way or Zippo in My Ass:
Ignatius Pope wanted to score a free cigarette - after all it was a free-world hospital and he was the only patient there chained to the bed. He scored more than he was looking for: a whole pack of Marlboros and a fancy Zippo. But it all came for a price. A true story not suited for family reading.
The Taste of Persimmons:
Clayton Brown looks at the mantled swimming pool with Snakes and bits of yellow now almost discolored police tape. He can tell his future but can he tell his past all the way back down to where it all started? Sometimes the line between life and death is thinner than our conscience can tell.
Lindy McGee had botched a tattoo job and unhappy customer gave him seven days to live. Lindy’s options to avoid his fate were limited, but he took a chance with one known as “farmer". Will he make it?
The Fourth Waltz:
Stan Henley had it all: money, mansion and beautiful wife. He lost everything. All that he had left was memories and music. What balance can be found between the runway of Chopin and the sky of God?
The Warden Smiles Like Mona Lisa:
And Mona Lisa smiles like a motherfucker. The story about a hatred which blinds the mind. It may seem funny in some parts, but a putrid aftertaste is guaranteed. Not recommended for family reading. Based on a true story.
The Magic Cookie:
A romantic fantasy devoted to women, whose love is stronger than razor wires which keep us apart. She is real.
Excerpt from the Book of Chronicles of Bayboro Correctional Facility II, The Burden of Gratitude:
Calamity, salvation, gratitude… murder – such non sequitur of circumstances is explored in this novella, which is partly based on true events, partly on an old Kurdish tale…