John P. Deever’s short story “Where’s Jacob?” appears in the most recent CCC anthology,Across Town: Stories of Columbus. This riveting, fast-paced tale about a parent’s worst fear is an exciting addition to the Across Town collection.
John Deever grew up in Westerville, Ohio — a third-generation resident — and graduated from Otterbein University in 1990. After receiving his M.A. in English from the Ohio State University in 1992, he joined the Peace Corps as a member of the first group of English teachers in newly independent Ukraine. After living in California, Boston, southern Russia, and Washington, DC, where his children were born, he returned to central Ohio. He currently writes for the Ohio State Alumni magazine, Santa Clara Magazine, (614) magazine, and other venues. His recent essay “Back in the USSR” appeared in Volume Three of 50 Years of Amazing Peace Corps Stories: A Small Key Opens Big Doors—The Heart of Eurasia.
John Deever, a writer, husband, and father of two, was one of the first Peace Corps volunteers in newly independent Ukraine. There he found people living under an incredible weight—oppressive economic conditions, perpetually overcast skies, diet dominated by heavy root vegetables and alcohol. Yet in that place where even his young students carried the difficulty of daily life like a heavy burden, he also found new friends who took joy in the simplest pleasures and were thrilled to encounter the wider world through the first American most had ever known. With affection for his subject, Deever brings this little-known part of the world to life in Singing on the Heavy Side of the World.
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