"Last night, as Bale and Jimmy Memphis got bombed, Bale had waxed poetically about the bright future. Apparently, magically, he was going to be quite rich when he got out. The first thing he would do was buy a bike. Jimmy Memphis was getting out soon, too, and he was going to buy another Harley, and together they were going to retrace the doomed bikers’ journey in Easy Rider." - Excerpt from A PLACE YOU'LL NEVER BE by Rick Hillis
"'They can’t handle it,' Knutson repeated, putting the gearshift into drive. 'Handle what?' 'Freedom.' 'I’ll see you in five days at the White Chapel,' Leggett said." - Excerpt from A PLACE YOU'LL NEVER BE by Rick Hillis
"For a long time now, she had stopped coming to him in his dreams. For a long time before that, she would come and he would wake up thrashing on an institutional bed to find his arms belted down. There were people to talk to, and medications to take, and after a while she stopped coming. It had been years, but in the past months, as the date of his release drew closer, he had felt her wanting to return." - Excerpt from A PLACE YOU'LL NEVER BE by Rick Hillis
"Jail was his home. But not any more. Months ago, the parole board had demanded Salamander’s release to a half-way house because it was ridiculous for the taxpayer to spend this kind of money to house a man who had clearly proven he’d been rehabilitated. The insane boy, now an old man, was going to be forced out onto the street. And he was shaking it rough." - Excerpt from A PLACE YOU'LL NEVER BE by Rick Hillis
"They all got out and watched the thing move. It was a wide black river that rippled out of the ditch, across the road in front of the van, down the other ditch and into the trees for as far as you could see. It was a sea of caterpillars...Quinn saw them everywhere. On blades of grass in the ditch. The tree trunks were striped black with them. A high pitched chattering sound came from the sky as they fed on everything that stood in their way." -Excerpt from A PLACE YOU'LL NEVER BE by Rick…
"As they travelled, Quinn began to notice patches of deciduous trees virtually denuded of their broad leaves by some sort of blight. Their thin leafless branches all but invisible now, the trunks stabbed upward like power poles. The further north they travelled, the bigger these patches got, the worse it got. They were heading into nature and nature seemed diseased. Nobody else seemed to notice this, or care." - Excerpt from A PLACE YOU'LL NEVER BE by Rick Hillis
"The one thing about the canoe trip that worried Quinn was the paddling part. Six days of it. He needed to get in shape and had about sixteen hours to do it. As Bale grunted, hefting the big bar bell, Quinn found two mismatched twenty pound dumbbells in the pile, propped his back against the cement wall, already feeling exhausted." - excerpt from A PLACE YOU'LL NEVER BE by Rick Hillis
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