When a pro-creation Citizen Amendment leads to a ban on abortion and birth control, politicians find babies abandoned on their doorsteps. That’s just the beginning.

 “A powerful indictment about an all-too-possible United States where a craven, authoritarian government decides it has the right to tell women what they can and can’t do with their own bodies. Tsetsi’s prose is luminous; it puts the lie to such corrupt and immoral political acts, and does so via an exciting drama that illuminates the hypocrisies of our time without flinching.”Alan Davis, author of So Bravely Vegetative and Senior Editor Emeritus of New Rivers Press

Now an audio book read by Nila Brereton Hagood. Listen to a sample.

Pretty Much True knows the pain of deployment.” —Stars and Stripes

A powerful novel with wonderful echoes of Vietnam and our country’s tortured response to that war.”Paul Griner, author of The German Woman

(by Kristen Tsetsi)

The Year of Dan Palace is a book to savour and enjoy the beautiful clarity of the writing. Stunningly good.”—Indie Bookworm Reviews

The Year of Dan Palace is honest, original, and impossible to put down. With a wholly distinctive narrative voice, Chris Jane is a 21st Century Bukowski.”—Joseph Dilworth Jr., Pop Culture Zoo

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Obituary for Steve / Dad Tsetsi

Steve Tsetsi was not born a dad, though it felt like he could have been. Instead, he was born a regular baby. .   The first of five kids, he was a big brother to (in order of life appearance) Christine (Chris), Larry, Linda, and Mark. “He was the coolest big brother ever,” Chris says.

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Interview with WWII veteran Ted Cummings about his influences, his decision to join the Marines, and his role in the war

The following interview with Theodore R. Cummings was conducted in November 2013. Mr. Cummings, a friendly, energetic, and overall lovely interview subject, died two years later in September 2015. Since retiring from his position as chairman of the Manchester, Conn. Democratic Committee in 2007, a position he’d held for 47 years, lifelong Manchester resident Ted

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Social media’s “thigh gap” trend not to blame for eating disorders

Originally published Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013 in the Journal Inquirer by Kristen J. Tsetsi The website wikiHow, which offers step-by-step instructions on how to build a door, drive a car with manual transmission, and accept not having children, also explains how to achieve thigh gap. Thigh gap, an aesthetic desired by a segment of young

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The making of a book: Part II

Years ago, on a now-abandoned WordPress site, I made A book’s stages of growth: in pictures after having written my first novel, Homefront (Homefront later became Pretty Much True, which became Pretty Much True by Chris Jane, and yes it’s all the same story. Regerts, I have a few). Now that The Age of the Child

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Dehumanizing women in advertising

*for the Journal Inquirer (& still more than relevant enough to re-post years later) Federal prosecutors have said one-time East Hartford, Conn. “pimp” Brian Forbes sold two young women to another “pimp” for a promised payment of more than $1,000 in late 2003. The sale — for which Forbes never actually received payment, according to

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