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The old priest [electronic resource].

Title
The old priest [electronic resource]. Anthony Wallace.
Author
Wallace, Anthony.
Publication
2014.
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Series Statement
Pitt Drue Heinz Lit Prize.
Subject
Genre/Form
  • Electronic books.
  • Fiction.
Reproduction (note)
  • Electronic reproduction.
ISBN
9780822979203
Author
Wallace, Anthony.
Title
The old priest [electronic resource]. Anthony Wallace.
Imprint
2014.
Type of Content
text
Type of Medium
computer
Type of Carrier
online resource
Series
Pitt Drue Heinz Lit Prize.
Summary
The Old Priest is a book of transformations. From the cigar-smoke-and-mirrors world of casino life, to the collection's title character morphing into a goat-man before the narrator's eyes, to a family drama upended by a miniature dinosaur in the backyard, Anthony Wallace writes about life-changing events. The characters seek to escape their earthly boundaries through artifice and fantasy, and those boundaries can be as elegant and fragile as a martini glass or as hardscrabble as an Indian reservation. In these eight vividly detailed short stories we encounter cheating husbands, neurotic housewives, out-of-control teenagers, desperate gamblers, deluded alcoholics, and a host of others who would like a chance at something more. Some face the consequences of their actions, while others simply begin to see what they've been missing all along. Through wry, ironic prose—and what feels like firsthand experience—Wallace describes a comic and often misguided search for self-knowledge in the most unlikely locations—like the Emerald City, a low-rent gambling den where a cocktail waitress dressed as an X-rated Dorothy offers gamblers more than a Scotch on the rocks; or the Bastille Hotel-Casino, where a dealer dressed as an eighteenth century footman deals five-dollar blackjack to a reminiscing Holocaust survivor. Occasionally a real demon appears, but the collection is mostly about personal demons and the possibility of exorcising them. The stories in The Old Priest have to do with time and memory, and they convincingly open out beyond ordinary daily time to reveal something else—the present moment, perhaps, but a larger, more mysterious conception of it.
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Electronic reproduction. Pittsburgh : University of Pittsburgh Press , 2014. Requires OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 346 KB) or Kobo app or compatible Kobo device (file size: N/A KB) or Amazon Kindle (file size: N/A KB).
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