A Broken Reed: Mayhaven's Award for Fiction by Ron Miller

By Ron Miller

“...a scintillating story of a super fourteen-year-old boy’s lack of innocence and initiation into the horrors of evil....Ron Miller’s skill to depict existence within the rural South...and a sweeping parade of characters...evokes stories of William Faulkner. Skillfully combining a huge wisdom of literary classics, vehicles, Southern tradition and the human psyche, Miller weaves a compelling tale of homicide, intrigue and mystery.” —Harry Eugene Rose

“Ron Miller’s award-winning, coming-of-age novel, A damaged Reed, is a must-read for these serious about the southern literary experience....the novel is way greater than the sordid recounting of a sickening crime: it's microcosm of the southern event in a small city within the overdue 1950’s. Miller weaves a desirable tapestry of characters sturdy and evil, robust and susceptible, uncomplicated and fascinatingly advanced. His ear for dialect and sensitivity to descriptive writing raise a lot of his passages to poetry. Readers will locate themselves enmeshed in a wealthy global of thoughts, a few startlingly practical, a few painfully photo, a few mythic of their dream-like qualities.” —Louise Edwards Sowa

“It is, certainly, a fantastically written novel and the most effective to return out of the South in decades.” —Elise Sanguinetti

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