MSU Professor is surrounded

Submitted by Jan Ballard, MSU Extension Service

After the Yarn Spinners Book Club read The Three-Day Affair by Michael Kardos they hatched a plan/scheme to kidnap the author. He was lured to the Choctaw County Extension Office in Ackerman on January 15 with the promise of food and a discussion of his new book.

The group enjoyed digesting both brunch-type snacks and literary explanations about the book, but when no consensus could be achieved regarding “ransom” demands, Dr. Kardos was released to return to Mississippi State and his family in Starkville.

“You’re a smart 30-year-old man living a modest life in New Jersey. You’ve got a pleasant marriage and a nice little house. You’re thinking of starting your own business. A few of your friends from your Princeton days are coming to town for your yearly guys-only weekend of golf and beer and old stories.

Will, Jeffrey, and Nolan are lifelong friends, now nine years post- college and forging their own careers. You catch up over dinner. Everything’s going great. They have no reason to believe anything extraordinary will befall them—until one night when Jeffrey attempts to rob a convenience store, drags a young woman into Will’s car, and shouts a single word: “Drive!” Shaken and confused, Will obeys. And then you find yourself kidnapping a young woman. And every moment you spend thinking about how to resolve the situation only makes it worse.

Suddenly, three ordinary men find themselves completely out of their element. They are already guilty of kidnapping and robbery; it is only a matter of time before they find out just what else they’re capable of. For these four people, three days will decide their fate— between freedom and prison, innocence and guilt . . . and life and death.”

Biography Michael Kardos is the author of the critically acclaimed novel THE THREE-DAY AFFAIR and the story collection ONE LAST GOOD TIME, which won the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award for fiction. His short stories have appeared in The Southern Review, Crazyhorse, Prairie Schooner, and many other magazines and anthologies, and were cited as Notable Stories in the 2009, 2010, and 2012 editions of Best American Short Stories. Kardos grew up at the Jersey Shore, received a degree in music from Princeton University, and played the drums professionally for a number of years. He has an M.F.A. in fiction from The Ohio State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri. He lives in Starkville, Mississippi, where he co-directs the creative writing program at Mississippi State University.

Yarn Spinners meet the first Tuesday of each month from 10:30-noon at the Choctaw County Extension Office in Ackerman. Members take turns choosing books and leading discussions. Meetings are free and opened to the public. For more information, call the Extension Office at 662-285-6337.