Title: Happiness is a Warm Bum
Author: J.D. Walker
Publisher: JMS Books
Characters: Austin and Murphy
Austin Murray is fifty years old, owns a bookstore, and loves to walk on the beach at sun-up. He’s a beachcomber, too, always in search of something unique to add to his collection. One such winter morning, an unkempt, sad-looking stranger roars into his life on a motorbike and his heart turns over for the first time, ever.
Murphy Vickers is world-weary, hurting, and unable to connect with anyone. He travels from place to place looking for work, but never stays anywhere very long. He’s trying to outrun a painful event in his past that haunts him to this day. When he stops in a seaside town, he meets Austin, who offers him a job and a bed for however long he needs them.
Murphy is surly and reticent, But Austin won’t let that stop him from breaking through his barriers, and maybe getting a biker of his very own.
Confession time: I picked this story to review because of the title and the cover, and read a truly gorgeous short story that doesn’t seem relate to the title or the cover, but you know what? It doesn’t matter. Read this lovely story and revel in the tentative relationship between a drifter with a painful past and a middle-aged bookstore owner with a kind heart and plenty of love to offer.
This is the way a short story should be written. Sympathetic writing, men I could relate to, and a good but not overwhelming supporting cast. Happiness is a Warm Bum is a snapshot in time rather than an epic journey.
Sit down with a cup of coffee or whatever is your brew of choice, and sink into a world where there are non-judgmental people who don’t turn away a suspicious stranger who doesn’t fit. This is a world I’d love to live in.
Reviewed By: Pippa Wood
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