“Barefoot in Rome,” Chapter 4: An Exonian journey.

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My Literary Summer continues, and it’s my turn to upload a bit of literature! Chapter 4 of my ongoing novella, Barefoot in Rome, appeared today on JukePop Serials. This is just a small little story I’m doing for what it’s worth, and it’s a bit of a departure from my previous work. Set in the summer of 1990, it involves Dane, a trust-fund baby who can’t seem to muster any excitement for anything in his life, except his old prep school buddy Loney. The exact nature of the relationship between the two of them hasn’t been clear (deliberately) in previous chapters, but in Chapter 4 I finally start to fill in some of the missing pieces, as Dane, bored with the daily grind in Rome, begins remembering his early interactions with Loney back in a swank New England prep school. You can expect this back-story to be developed more in future chapters.

To read Chapter 4 of Barefoot in Rome, click here, or click the header image at the top of this article.

This is not the first time I’ve written about Eastern prep schools and characters who come from them. Part of Life Without Giamotti occurs at such a school, and both for that book and Barefoot in Rome I’ve based the school and its background on a famous real-life prep school, Philips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire. Among the illustrious alumni of Philips Exeter–who call themselves Exonians–are Franklin Pierce, our saddest President; writer Gore Vidal, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, and Brooks Simpson, the history professor who writes the Crossroads Blog, a Civil War-related blog to which I gave an award in 2013. I did not go to Exeter, so I’m relying on books to tell me what it was like.

Please vote for Chapter 4 and comment if you like. I’m still in the running for JukePop’s 2015 Summer Writing Project!

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