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Last Words of the Holy Ghost (Paperback) (Matt Cashion)

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Funny, heartbreaking, and real—these twelve stories showcase a dynamic range of voices belonging to characters who can’t stop confessing. They are obsessive storytellers, disturbed professors, depressed auctioneers, gambling clergy. A fourteen-year-old boy gets baptized and speaks in tongues to win the love of a girl who ushers him into adulthood; a troubled insomniac searches the woods behind his mother’s house for the “awful pretty” singing that begins each midnight; a school-system employee plans a year-end party at the site of a child’s drowning; a burned-out health-care administrator retires from New England to coastal Georgia and stumbles upon a life-changing moment inside Walmart. These big-hearted people—tethered to the places that shape them—survive their daily sorrows and absurdities with well-timed laughter; they slouch toward forgiveness, and they point their ears toward the Holy Ghost’s last words.
Funny, heartbreaking, and real?these twelve stories showcase a dynamic range of voices belonging to characters who can?t stop confessing. They are obsessive storytellers, disturbed professors, depressed auctioneers, gambling clergy. A fourteen-year-old boy gets baptized and speaks in tongues to win the love of a girl who ushers him into adulthood; a troubled insomniac searches the woods behind his mother?s house for the ?awful pretty? singing that begins each midnight; a school-system employee plans a year-end party at the site of a child?s drowning; a burned-out health-care administrator retires from New England to coastal Georgia and stumbles upon a life-changing moment inside Walmart. These big-hearted people?tethered to the places that shape them?survive their daily sorrows and absurdities with well-timed laughter; they slouch toward forgiveness, and they point their ears toward the Holy Ghost?s last words.
Number of Pages: 200
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Sub-Genre: Literary Genres + Types of Novels
Series Title: Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Texas A & M Univ Pr
Author: Matt Cashion
Language: English
Street Date: October 5, 2015
TCIN: 31172534
UPC: 9781574416121
Item Number (DPCI): 247-51-3283
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