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Book details
  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:Short Stories
  • Language:English
  • Pages:44
  • eBook ISBN:9781620956724

The Dead Baby Story

And Other Stories About Charlie the Landlord

by Zalman Velvel

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The Dead Baby Story is a collection of 5 stories about Charlie the Landlord. Charlie is the first person is his family to ever own a rental property, or even his own home. Watch him as he goes through attitude adjustments from being a forner tenant, to a property owner. The Dead Baby Story is a masterpiece of an excuse for not paying rent. When you read it, you will see why.
Zalman Velvel began this book of stories by taking some of his early experiences as a landlord, and then removed his character from each. In that place, he put a fictional landlord, an Afro-American man named Charles Largent. Charlie the Landlord, as he was known to his tenants, was the first person in his family to ever own a rental property, or even his own home. Zalman thought it would be interesting to see the “attitude adjustments” someone would go through as they transitioned from being a tenant, to being a landlord. The Dead Baby Story is far and away the most popular story Zalman has ever written. It is about the best excuse ever given a landlord for not paying rent. The title just draws people in, like a highway accident ... but there is value after the title. Disposable People is about a young girl and her baby. She is abandoned by her husband on her 18th birthday … the same day she is being evicted. Charlie must decide if being a landlord is just business, or is there more to it? Fred’s Diary is about the first time Charlie discovers a tenant that has died, all alone, in one of his apartments. He finds a brief, but revealing diary that he will never forget. No Damn Good deals with a young thief that is living in Charlie’s apartment building, whom the Police are powerless to stop. If Charlie doesn’t do something soon, he is going to lose his tenants, and then the building he scrimped and saved for. Fire! is about a catastrophic fire that Charlie has in his building, a building he fixed with his own hands and sweated over. It is caused by the carelessness of one of his tenants, and Charlie is at the lowest point in his life, ready to give up. Enjoy!
About the author
Zalman Velvel in an award winning short story writer, and his stories have been published and delighted people around the world. Look for his other books of Short Stories, King of Shabbos, Ghosts in the Succah, The Care and Feeding of a Beard, Max the Wonder Dog, Knuckleballs, with more to come.