500 Miles by Parker Williams

500 Miles Parker500 Miles by Parker Williams
Reviewer:  Tj
Publisher:  MLR Press
Short Story:  12,000 Words
Purchase at Amazon and Barnes and Noble
Roses:  5

Mark loves Jase, but will that be enough to bring Jase back from the brink after a devastating tragedy?

Since he was fourteen, Mark knew he loved Jase, his brother Eric’s best friend. As Jase and Eric leave for the Army, Jase leaves Mark something to hold onto, but when the two men are shipped to Kuwait, things change when Jase tells Mark he’s met someone. Confused and hurt, Mark is left to wonder what happened. Eric returns, but with devastating news – and needing Mark’s help. Can Mark help the man who broke his heart? Or will he let Jase push him away – for the second time?


Wow, for a short this was quite amazing.  I really was blown away.  It was so sweet and yet so moving.  Since it is so short it is hard to say much without giving away everything.  The whole of the story is told from the point of view of Mark.  The story starts out with a very young Mark saying goodbye to his brother Eric and his secret love, Jase, as they head for basic.  It is the 80’s and Mark is only 14.  The blurb really left me expecting something very different in the story than what I got.


It’s rare to have an author pull off a truly good short story.  There is so little time to set up the story, setting, and characters and then have readers able to make a connection to it all.  I look forward to see if this author can also manage the same with the longer stories.



About bluesmokey

I'm a plain Jane who longs to put her imagination to work. I'm not a writer but I like to read.

Posted on Friday, August 16th, 2013, in Book Review, Five Roses, Historical, M/M Romance, Short Story: 1-100 pages, TJ and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.


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