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Author Joseph Cavano with Half-Past NoWhere

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Set in the scenic mountains and college towns of upstate New York, as well as the author s beloved South, Half-Past Nowhere, chronicles the life of boy as he passes from innocence to experience. Written in a style that evokes Hemingway and Faulkner, experience the struggles of our young hero from an abusive childhood, through the joys and pains of young love and finally, self discovery. At times humorous, this collection is filled with memorable characters and real life obstacles.If you were ever young you may find yourself here. Bio: Ignoring the advice of teachers from grade school to graduate school to dedicate his life to writing, Cavano chose in his own words, the road most travelled, and opted for the secure life of an English teacher in the secondary schools and colleges of the Hudson Valley in New York. Semi retired now, he has begun to write again, and in less than a year has put together this collection. Phineas Rising and Mountain Men have been selected as finalists in the prestigious Glimmer Train Short Story Contest. An inveterate traveler, Joe and his wife, Stephanie, live in Charlotte, North Carolina and continue to travel throughout Europe and Asia. In his spare time he plays jazz piano. After spending a good part of my life teaching in the secondary schools and colleges of upstate New York,I began to renew my love affair with writing one year ago.In that brief time ,I put together the collection of related short stories, Half -Past Nowhere, and had it accepted for publication by the first and only publisher I contacted.Patterned after Hemingway's In Our Time, it also traces the growth of a young hero as he passes from "innocence to experience." Two of the included stories have already been awarded finalist status by Glimmer Train,one of the most prestigious of venues for the short story. Over the years, I've used the freedom afforded a teacher to develop a myriad of interests.One of these,has been improvising jazz piano, a process not