Free Fiction Monday: Still Life 1931

Free Fiction Monday: Still Life 1931

Years ago, Lurleen helped the NAACP investigate lynchings. She stopped when she met her husband, but never forgot the work…or the caution it required. After his death, Lurleen finds herself struggling to find purpose.

She travels to New York without a plan. But what she finds there might help her face her past—and finally chart her future.

A powerful story about justice, courage, and facing one’s true self.  

Originally written for the anthology In Sunlight or in Shadow, edited by Lawrence Block, and inspired by the painting “Hotel Room (1931)” by Edward Hopper, “Still Life 1931” by Edgar Award-nominated author Kris Nelscott, is free on this website for one week only. The story is also available in ebook here.



Still Life 1931

Kris Nelscott

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4 responses to “Free Fiction Monday: Still Life 1931”

  1. Kari Kilgore says:

    Lovely story. And I have to say that was one of the best descriptions of how Southerners actually DO have many different accents, and about the transitory nature of Atlanta, that I’ve ever read.

  2. Bob Mueller says:

    Amazing how Hopper’s images get the juices flowing, isn’t it? I took a writing class fifteen or so years ago, and we did a 10-minute sprint off a random Hopper image. I got 300 words out of Automat.

  3. beverlycat says:

    This is a beautiful, moving little story.
    Thank you.

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