Jim Wallace used to pretend the marsh and woods around his house were their own country, Wallaçonia. It was the one place he felt normal and in charge. Now Jim is turning eighteen, and tonight he and his girlfriend Liz may finally have sex—confirming he is the “upright and sterling young man” everyone expects him to be
But tonight Jim’s neighbor, Pat Baxter, needs help in his bookstore for the holiday rush. Jim agrees, but when Mr. Baxter hires a second helper, Jim is torn between his love for Liz and other feelings he has secretly held all along. Will he leave the safety of Wallaçonia for the real world? And which real world will it be, the one with Liz or the one that beckons from the bookstore?
David Pratt is the author of the novels Bob the Book (winner of the Lambda Literary Award) and Looking After Joey. His short fiction has appeared in Christopher Street, The James White Review, Velvet Mafia, and other periodicals and anthologies, and is collected in the anthology My Movie. David has performed his work for the stage in various venues around New York City. He lives in Michigan.