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The Mighty Currawongs (Paperback)
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
A collection of headlong tales by Oregon author Brian Doyle--exploring such riveting and peculiar topics as chess in the Levant, tailors who specialize in holes, how to report stigmata to your attending physician, the intense hilarity of basketball, how to have a bitter verbal marital fight in your car, an all-Chinese football team in Australia, soccer and Catholicism, what it's like to be in a ska band, a singing Korean baker, an archbishop who loses his faith between the salad and the entree, genius Girl Scouts who save a radio station, and a baby born from a lake in Illinois. And some other fascinating stories. Really. Trust us.
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.