Free Fiction Monday: Thinkers

Free Fiction Monday: Thinkers

In 1970, a group of Weathermen bombed a statue of Rodin’s The Thinker, where it sat outside the Cleveland Art Museum. The perpetrators were never caught.

In 2016, the museum celebrates its 100th anniversary. When Erika begins her internship at the museum, she finds herself assigned to the celebration preparations. As she researches the museum’s history, she can’t stop thinking about The Thinker and its bomb-damaged legs.

But when she comes face to face with history, she discovers that the past proves difficult to understand and even harder to explain.

“Thinkers,” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch is free on this website for one week only. The story is also available in ebook here.  




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3 responses to “Free Fiction Monday: Thinkers”

  1. Margaret says:

    The youth of that time were so passionate, and yet sadly, they often misdirected their rage. But they nevertheless thought they could, and would, change the world. Now many of those young people are senior citizens rooting for a crazy nationalist determined to make the America they all found fault with great “again.” And today’s young people (though there are wonderfully passionate exceptions) have their faces in their phones preoccupied with how many likes they accumulate. It’s all so bizarrely sad. Thanks for the story.

  2. Kate Pavelle says:

    My daughter Miranda’s graduation took place in that museum. The place is so vast and overwhelming, I don’t think I ever noticed the Thinker statue and I certainly never knew the history behind it. Your story was harrowing. It speaks to what’s happening today.

  3. rightasusual2003gmailcom says:

    I was 19 at the time, and living in Lakewood, just west of Cleveland. My memories of that event are vague and dim – at that time, I was more interested in my love life, which was just heating up with the man I eventually married. I was working in clerical jobs, and had little time for politics.
    Funny how so significant an event could have so little impact on my life.

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