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The Poor Sucker by Kelly DeLong.
ISBN: 978-0-9834764-6-7
Publication Date: June 15, 2013
Price: $16.95

Pages: 175

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Eighteen year old Eddie believes finding a girlfriend will solve his loneliness. He has always been shy around girls and, because of his self doubt, he has never dated. He has spent his teenage years in his bedroom by himself, watching TV, listening to music and looking at his baseball cards. But when he meets April and her family everything changes. Eddie’s love for April and his desire to break away from his past completely blind him to the serious problems with April and her family. His need to belong prevents Eddie from seeing that April’s family has its own deep-rooted psychological problems. Undaunted, Eddie makes up his mind to work harder and harder to make April see that he loves her no matter what, and that nothing she does will change his mind.

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Praise for The Poor Sucker
I almost felt guilty laughing at this young man’s tragic love for his girlfriend. But in The Poor Sucker, Kelly DeLong gives me permission to do so, and more--permission to love, pity, and ultimately cheer for his character. A strong first novel.

--René Saldaña, Jr., author of A Good Long Way and The Whole Sky Full of Stars


Kelly DeLong's novel "The Poor Sucker" is an authentic, well-wrought, heart-wise rendition of what it is to grow up, survive love, and find one's place in the world. In Eddie's wishes and desires, readers will catch glimpses of their own dreams, and his frustrations and anxieties will have readers nodding in empathetic recognition.

--Tom Noyes, author of Behold Faith and Spooky Action at a Distance


About the Author
Kelly DeLong is originally from Center Valley, Pennsylvania and currently lives in Duluth, Georgia. He teaches English at Clark Atlanta University. His short stories and essays have appeared in The Sun, Evansville Review, Jabberwock Review, Roanoke Review, and Palo Alto Review, among others. He has won the Willow Review Fiction Award, the Agnes Scott Fiction Award, and the Georgia State University Fiction Award. He has also been a finalist for the Spokane Prize for Short Fiction, the Sol Books Prose Contest and the St. Lawrence Book Award.

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