Lawrence F. Farrar is a former US diplomat with multiple assignments in Japan as well as postings in Germany, Norway, and Washington, DC. He also lived in Japan as a graduate student and as a naval officer. His short stories have appeared over seventy times in literary magazines such as The Chaffin Journal, Zone 3, Streetlight Magazine, Curbside Splendor E-Zine, Evening Street Review, Big Muddy, Tampa Review Online, O-Dark-Thirty, Jelly Bucket, The MacGuffin, and Green Hills Literary Lantern. His stories often involve people coming up against the customs of a foreign culture. He holds a BA from Dartmouth College and MA from Stanford University. Welcome to NorthOaksWriter.com
A SELECTION OF WORKS
In Okinawa, an unreliable narrator describes his version of a crime committed long before during the rough and tumble years after World War II. Murder, rape, hidden treasure—it’s all there.
MY NEIGHBOR, MR. TANAKA
An American academic conducting research rents a house in Kamakura, Japan. In time, he develops a distant friendship with his reclusive Japanese neighbor. The man appears to be hiding something. The American pursues the truth and might wish he had not.
In this piece a young woman & her little girl are abandoned by her husband at a Minnesota roadside rest area. In an old Plymouth, she & the child seek salvation along Midwestern highways. Colorado beckons. Will she finally become her own person? Hard choices present themselves.
A lonely San Diego bachelor opens the door of his house and finds a young woman standing there. She says her Japanese mother was his girlfriend 25 years before when he served at Yokota Air Force Base. She declares he is her father. Is she telling the truth? Perhaps he doesn’t care.
A man’s loss of a role in his bowling group means more to him than even he realizes.
A short story performed by Jennifer Sims.
Read the story online: Keeping Score by Lawrence Farrar