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The Traveling Show by Anna Birmingham

Just a short story, but very sweet and tender. Mikey is only 18 years old and with a bright future in front of him, problem is, he doesn’t like that future. Mikey has always lived in a small town, has never had the chance to experiment outside the edge of his “family”, he doesn’t know if he is gay or straight simply since he has never met anyone who has stirred something in him. But then the fair comes into town, and with it Nick, 20 years old and “experienced”; now Nick is not very different from Mikey, it’s only that he has lived with the fair, traveling from town to town, and that is the only life he knows. To Mikey and Nick that seems paradise, the freedom of living without boundaries, the independence of doing what you want when you want. But is Nick really free as he appears? What if Nick wanted something different, what if he wanted an home and a boyfriend? But this is not Nick’s story, it’s Mickey’s and from Nick’s encounter, Mickey will learn he has alternatives in life. And maybe, those alternatives will bring him back to Nick sometime in the future.

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Tags: author: anna birmingham, genre: contemporary, length: short story, review, theme: coming of age
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