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THE HITCHHIKER and OTHER TRUE STORIES (22 stories on submission), and SURRENDER STORIES (21 stories on submission)

These stories were collected during travels to many destinations, through different cultures and languages, and expatriate years living and working in Europe. They remain memories of specific events by personal connections, letters, or stories told- spanning generations of ordinary people in different parts of the world, sometimes in ordinary and sometimes in extraordinary circumstances, birth, death, and life in-between over generations.

Hiltner writes about the dispossessed or never possessed, the not-first-world countries in which he has lived and worked, the spurned, returned, the almost failed, forgotten, abandoned, misunderstood, those lost in war and perestroika, those who give up and those who do not give up. He tries to write true stories, and when in the first person, the object is not about the “I.” He is just trying to tell the story.



The Hitchhiker stories:                     Surrender Stories:
The Missing Sheep                               Jim, Nell, and Kate
Courage                                                 Charming
The Open Window                               The Last Shot Fired in Anger
About life                                               Tecumseh
The Violin                                              Chloé and the Little Mermaid
Slick and Orl                                         The New Foundation
Vite Vite, Plus Vite!                              Ash Wednesday
The Boy Who Could Not Swim           A Walk at Mepkin
The Message                                         Surrender
Bread Line Budapest                            The Caretaker's Lament
Ain'tler Hills                                          The Way to Luzon
A Sunday Dinner and 1956                  The Indians
The Barber and the Old Man              The Fat Man and D-Day
The Double Standard Bra                    The Playing Field
Crescent Beach                                     The Last Concert of Arthur Rubinstein
Remember Me                                       The Migrants
The King of Palacsinta                          There is Something I Want to Tell You
Beneath the Balboa Tree                      The Killings
The Orchard                                           The Writer
Rabbit Hunting                                       Russian Soldiers
The French Professor                            Harold T. Clark Courts
The Hitchhiker