50 States

A collection of short short stories

Fiction - Short Story/Novela
358 Pages
Reviewed on 08/29/2021
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Author Biography

Richard R. Becker is an award-winning writer. When he is not writing fiction, Richard works as a creative strategist for Copywrite, Ink., a 30-year-old strategic communications firm with clients that have included government agencies and Fortune 500 companies. He has also been very active as a global community servant and taught a number of classes at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

As a journalist, Richard has also written hundreds of magazine and newspaper articles, with his byline appearing in the Denver Post, Los Angeles Times, and publications for Simon & Schuster and Paramount Communications. He also scripted a documentary produced with PBS and contributed to five books, including "Beyond Generation X: A Practical Guide for Managers" and the American Ambulance Association's "Public Relations Handbook."

Aside from work, he enjoys a broad range of activities, including travel, hiking, exercise, photography, and illustration. He is married and has two children.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Cassie Widjaja for Readers' Favorite

50 States by Richard R. Becker is an intriguing collection of psychological and speculative short stories. This collection started as a project to write one story a week for fifty weeks. Each story is set in a different state and touches on distinct states of mind. These stories include how two runaways cross paths in a Tennessee bus station with only one ticket between them and how a family sees looters racing toward their home as they escape an Oregon wildfire. Each story can be read in under ten minutes.

Richard R. Becker has made a stellar debut in the publishing world with 50 States! From the start, the unique concept and the eye-catching book cover drew me in, but I stayed for Richard's imaginative writing that made me feel as though I was really beside these characters and experiencing their pain and joy. I fell in love with how each short story packs a punch and is memorable on its own. Richard's simple prose made it very easy for me to follow along with the story. My favorite chapter had to be 'Broken People,' as I felt for the main character in a tragic moment. By reading this book, I saw how different characters deal with pain or conflict in their lives, and it made me reflect on how I would react if the same thing happened to me. I had never before realized how true it was that one event could change the course of one's life. To conclude, I think 50 States has something for everybody.