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The Twenty Bushel Racer

THE TWENTY BUSHEL RACER, AND OTHER STORIES. DESCRIPTION Barry Pearson's short story collection casts its spell across a wide reach of life: A boy deceives his embittered father, but a magnificent horse helps to heal the rift. A small-town teenager discovers the importance of his attachment to the people and the place where he is growing up. A man, who has for years considered himself a coward and a betrayer of his comrades, musters the courage to stand up against a pair of would-be assassins. Two young men who grew up in the same town meet unexpectedly, and unveil a truth about a girl they both loved when they were boys. The discovery changes both their lives. * THE TWENTY BUSHEL RACER Thirteen year-old Shawn O'Neill dreams of being a jockey in the races at the county fair. Without his father's permission, he purchases an injured racing horse with his 20-bushel share of the crop, and triggers a chain of events that will pit him against his father's determination to sell the horse. * A PLACE TO BELONG In a small prairie town, teenager Might Dobson and three friends come of age one icy winter night. They find magic everywhere they look-in the Smile Cafe, over a jug of wine, on the slippery streets, and in the way they stick with each other. * A MAN IS NOT ALWAYS Peter Donohue, a prairie farmer, lives a tranquil life with his wife, Helen, until his youthful past catches up to him. Two IRA terrorists, seeking vengeance, arrive with intent to kill him and his wife. * SHARP CORNERS The lingering angst of poignant young love surfaces when 30 year-old Might Dobson unexpectedly meets a man from his home town who was once a rival for the love of a spirited, but doomed young girl who broke both their hearts. A revelation sparks a decision that will change Might's life.
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Barry Pearson is a writer/producer. His script and producing credits include IRON ROAD, an international co-production with China, starring Peter O'Toole, Sam Neill, Sun Li, and Tony Leung Ka Fai. Iron Road is the story of the hard-won triumph of a Chinese street urchin named Little Tiger, whose quest for her long-lost father takes her from a fireworks factory in China to a remote construction camp in the Rockies. She falls in love, survives prejudice and treachery, and achieves a bittersweet fulfillment of her quest. See Amazon page: http: // The epic series has aired on television around the world, and has been released theatrically. * Other feature films include ALIEN WARRIOR, PAPERBACK HERO, THE LIFE AND TIMES OF EDWIN ALONZO BOYD, ISAAC LITTLEFEATHERS, and PLAGUE. * His awards include: Best Screenplay, Best Picture, International Film & Television Festival of New York for THE LIFE AND TIMES OF EDWIN ALONZO BOYD; Best Screenplay, Feature Film, 12th International Film Festival in Sitges, Spain for PLAGUE; Special Jury Award, Feature Film, San Francisco International Film Festival for PLAGUE. * Watch for his upcoming short story thriller BURN THE SHOES, and novel, CITIZEN OF AMERICA, which centers on a wild young man who escapes the constabulary in Ireland and sails to the U.S. in the early 1800's seeking success and prosperity. * Read more at

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