THE HITCHHIKER and Other True Stories
(Published January 13, 2022 by Kniemst Press)
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 and Other True Stories
The Missing Sheep of Coshocton County
The Open Window
Slick and Orl
Vite Vite, Plus Vite!
Little Girl and The Boy Who Couldn't Swim
Bread Line Budapest
A Sunday Dinner and 1956
The Barber and the Old Man
The Double Standard Bra
The King of Cseresznyés Palacsinta
Beneath the Balboa Tree of Guescheme
The French Professor