My Canvas Bag

· J. Michael Krivyanski

About this ebook

"A heart -wrenching story about a young man who is born into a family who at times, I felt that I disliked so strongly, I wish he'd have run away and never seen them again. But resilience is his best ally, humor, wit, wisdom, and bravery. This story is told so well that I was riveted to each page. I could visualize every scene unfolding through this writer's amazing words. A great book for discussions in family groups, and good for others who may have gone through a dysfunctional childhood and felt as if they were the only one."

Karen Malena, Author

Mark is a young man born into a bad situation. His parents drink too much, and his family often forgets him. He works hard to hide the harsh reality of his home life from those around him. Mark does this to avoid feeling shame. He escapes the chaos of his family by spending time in nearby woods. Mark keeps a canvas bag hidden close to his house. It contains blankets, a flashlight, cans of food, a transistor radio, things to read, and more. It has everything he needs to escape from his family's dysfunction for a while. Mark truly enjoys the peace and solitude he finds in the woods.

He constantly struggles with the judgments of others when it comes to his family. It hurts Mark when people share their negative opinions about, he and his family. He is often avoided by other kids and usually not included in things.

The anger and resentment Mark feels increase as he gets older. He makes some bad decisions and gets into trouble. There comes a time when he must choose a path for his life. Mark decides to try and separate himself from the dysfunction of his family and past mistakes. He refuses to give up.

Mark realizes he has a talent for writing and then discovers himself.

He comes to understand his experiences in life have made him stronger than most people. Mark eventually makes peace with his family and his past. This results in him finally feeling good about himself. When he graduates from high school, Mark is ready to move into adulthood.

About the author

Lucas Kinkaid is the pen name of J. Michael Krivyanski. He is a syndicated columnist with Continental New Service. He has published hundreds of articles in print as well as online media. The author has published four books of his humor columns that previously appeared in various media. He has also written two Christian faith-based novels. My Canvas Bag is his first literary fiction novel. When not writing, he is busy biking, hiking and enjoying the outdoors with his wife.

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