The Art of the Heart by: Dan Skinner
                                              reviewed by: Becky

The heartland of America in 1965 feels like the end of the road for seventeen-year-old Zac Weston. After all, there’s nowhere to go when you’re shy, gay, and a virgin. A natural artist, inspiration strikes in the form of neighbor boy Rory, and Zac’s fantasies spill onto the pages of his notebook. When Zac’s secret is discovered, it might take more than wishes to magically make his world right.

How can you pack the literary punch of a novel into a short story? Well we will have to ask Dan Skinner, since he has mastered it with this little diamond! This story is amazing, you are transported to Sweetwater, Missouri in 1965, and you can feel the heat,and see the tiny town through the eyes of Zac, a shy, talented young man who is cloaked in loneliness. I love the detail in this story, Mr. Skinner has a way with words that is second to none. There is a line in this book that sums up everything about teenage angst if you were a shy teen, and a dreamer, as was I, "It has been said that imagination is the comfortable companion of the lonely heart".  Beautifully said, and so true. Read this story, you won't be sorry, and you will be richer in imagination for it!  Another gem Dan Skinner, beautiful story!  *5 Stars*

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