Posted by Wells Tower on Jul 17, 2017


Storytelling is a way that our society and cultures educate and share values with others in a way that entertains and can be preserved for the future.  It has been a while since we have had a short story as our program.  Leopard is a short story by Wells Tower about an eleven-year-old boy and his day off from school.

Wells Tower is an American writer of short stories and non-fiction.  He has received a Plimpton Prize for the best work of fiction or poetry by an emerging or previously unpublished writer from The Paris Review and two Pushcart Prizes which honors the best literary works from the small presses.

Leopard was originally published in The New Yorker and later in his first short story collection, Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned in 2009.  The story opens with a tween boy not wanting to go to school.  After convincing his mother to let him stay home, the boy negotiates the delicate interaction with his stepfather.

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