The Mighty Currawongs (Paperback)

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There are thirty-some short, magically exquisite pieces in this collection. There is one about the Archbishop who loses his faith after the salad course at a country club function. There is a letter from two sons to their mother starting with, “all the charges were dropped.” And there’s the Catholic priest who develops stigmata that disappear on Easter. All have a certain fantastic twist. But most wonderful is Doyle’s recounting of his father’s delight in his sons’ Christmas and Easter performances at Saint John Vianney Grade School. It will have you, as his father says, “spitting your apple tea across the table.”


Joy and infectious playfulness enliven these thirty-some short, magically exquisite pieces. Most wonderful is Doyle’s recounting of his father’s delight in his sons’ Christmas and Easter performances at Saint John Vianney Grade School. It will have you, as his father says, “spitting your apple tea across the table.” This is a book that can brighten even the dreariest winter day.

— From Ann

About the Author


Brian Doyle is the editor of"Portland Magazine"at the University of Portland, in Oregon. He is the author of many books of essays, proems, and fiction, among them"Bin Laden s Bald Spot"(Red Hen Press, 2011). Among honors for his work are the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts & Letters and the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award.

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Praise For…


“With headlong good humor, Brian Doyle—one of America's finest novelists and catchers of brief true stories—now sings short stories in which a cast of oddball searchers and appealing lost souls challenges tradition and skewers pomposity at every turn, from the concrete courts of pick-up basketball to within the Catholic Church that Doyle so clearly loves. And that's only what the book is about . . . Its overarching appeal rises from the richly imagined and beautifully scaped trail of words. Brian Doyle here is a big-hearted, sharp-eyed, penetrating storyteller at the very top of his game.”
—Robin Cody, winner of the Oregon Book Award for Voyage of a Summer Sun
 
Product Details
ISBN: 9781597090520
ISBN-10: 1597090522
Publisher: Red Hen Press
Publication Date: September 26th, 2016
Pages: 160
Language: English