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J. PATRICK REDMOND was born and raised in southern Indiana and recently returned to his home state after sixteen years of living in South Florida and teaching for the Miami-Dade County Public School System. Patrick holds a BA in English from Florida International University in Miami and an MFA in creative writing and literature from Stony Brook University in Southampton, New York. He is a contributing blogger for the Huffington Post, and his writing has appeared in the NOH8 Campaign blog, the Southampton Review, and in the Barnes & Noble Review’s Grin & Tonic. He is also the 2012 recipient of the Deborah Hecht Memorial Prize in Fiction. Some Go Hungry is his first novel, and when asked about it, Patrick says, “It’s about God, guns, gays, and green beans.” Additional information is available at jpatrickredmond.com

The Ghost of An Indian Summer Day

J. Patrick Redmond

(An excerpt from Feeding the Christians)

The plan was to drive my U-Haul as far as Nashville and stay the night at Kirk’s. During my former restaurant life in Ft. Sackville, Kirk and I were lovers for five years. I’d met him the year before my family opened the new, even larger Daniels’ Family Buffet on Highway 41 –the third incarnation in my family’s restaurant legacy.

The new Daniels’, from its inception, belonged to Dad; Grandpa Collin was dead. The former restaurants on Fairground Avenue stood empty. Not long after I met Kirk I showed him the abandoned building once home to Daniels’ Diner. I explained it was the restaurant I kept warehoused in my earliest childhood memories. And, how it was a bustling business often requiring my grandfather lock the front door during the lunch rush and only allow customers to enter as others left.

Together, Kirk…

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