"Incredibly poignant... The characters and the personality of the town are richly drawn.... It is a great tale. I can't wait to read your next installment." – Shawn Newcomer, James V. Brown Library
What is it to be honorable? In the eyes of others? In your own heart? Is it what you've done or who you are? Jeff Smith was, as his bully of a brother-in-law Gene Engelhardt was fond of retelling, “what the cat dragged in.” A scruffy, bearded hippie Gene’s sister Bonnie had met and fallen deeply in love with decades ago at a Washington peace rally against the Vietnam War. Even shaved and doing whatever the Engelhardts wanted, his in-laws never accepted or approved of Jeff. Now, Jeff is saddled with a family, a dead end job, and, after Bonnie died of cancer, a mountain of debt. Only Jeff has a secret and a unique possession that could possibly solve his financial problems and help his daughter realize her dream, if he can ever overcome the guilt and shame that has haunted him for over thirty years.
Honor, a novella by Daniel Grotta, explores the human cost when patriotism, personal ethics and the deep bond of friendship collide. Available as an ebook and paperback.
Honor is currently being developed into a theatrical play by the playwright David Zarko.
"Deeply satisfying…. moving and charming. I quite enjoyed it." – Michael E. ("Mac") McCarthy
“A lovely modern fable… a gentle, satisfying story that will stay with you.” – Carla Schroder
"A superb short story.... I couldn't put it down.... The characters were so well developed and delightful...Mr. Grotta has a way with words, and has formulated something marvelous. I look forward to many more stories." – J.S. Rae
"More please! There's nothing better than being stuck in bed and reading a great story.... These are rich characters that jump off the page. I was no longer sick in bed but in another world. Looking forward to more Black Bear stories!" – C.O. Moed
About Black Bear, Pennsylvania
Honor is the first in a series of stories set in the fictional Pocono Mountains village of Black Bear, Pennsylvania. Black Bear was created as a literary folie à deux by Daniel Grotta and his wife Sally Wiener Grotta. Both Daniel and Sally are dipping into the same pool of invented locale and characters to write a series of separate stories and novels that will eventually paint a full picture of the diversity of life and relationships in a small mountain village. The next Black Bear story will be a full length novel called Jo Joe, by Sally Wiener Grotta.
About Daniel Grotta
Daniel Grotta has worn just about every hat in publishing, including investigative journalist, war correspondent, syndicated columnist, editor and so forth. His thousands of articles, reviews and columns have appeared in major magazines, newspapers and online journals. He has also authored several books, including J.R.R. Tolkien: Architect of Middle Earth, the renowned first biography of the creator of The Lord of the Rings. Among his many accolades and awards is one that stands apart from the rest: His writings were, at one point, the most requested to be recorded as audio files by Reading for the Blind in Philadelphia, because of the visual clarity and beauty of his prose. A member of the National Book Critics Circle, Overseas Press Club, The Authors Guild and American Society of Journalists & Authors, Daniel Grotta is a frequent speaker at conferences and other events on writing, literary criticism and the publishing industry. He also welcomes invitations to participate in discussions with book clubs, in classrooms and with other book-interested groups (occasionally in person, more often via Skype, Google Hangout or phone), and to do occasional readings.