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Tarp Shack

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Three narrative voices, three successive generations in one family, tell their own interconnected stories, one story really, of the events which take place at one tarp shack in a wood lot, the archetypal secret hideout in the woods. Phil, a stroke victim, is imprisoned both in his wheel chair and in his own angry past. While fuming away towards final combustion in the nursing home, he bonds with his disaffected and alienated grandson, Jason. Both are wannabe dropouts, the one from life and the other from high school. One's anger is tempered by the other's humor. Phil and Jason are connected through a middle generation, Fern, Phil's son and Jason's father, who cannot bear to lose either of them, while trying to deal with the ghosts from his own past.

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