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Last words of the Holy Ghost

by Cashion, Matthew Deshe,

Format: Print Book 2015
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Summary
Winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction, 2015.

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.
Contents
The girl who drowned at school that time
Last words of the Holy Ghost
Awful pretty
A serious question
Penmanship
Chuck Langford Jr., depressed auctioneer, takes action
Snell's law
Nothing ruins a good story like an eyewitness
Clarissa drives John Boy to the Jacksonville Airport
Any idiot can feel pain
What to do when your spouse is burning
The funeral starts at two.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Cashion, winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize, joins the backwoods, southern gothic club that includes such eminences as Flannery O'Connor and Erskine Caldwell. The title story is simplicity itself: a teenage boy loses his senses, though not his virginity, to an underage temptress in a neighboring Georgia town and even comes to the Lord to qualify for her hand. Alas, she proves untrue. In A Serious Question, Charlotte Blanchard is a Yankee retiree on the Georgia coast, a neatness freak irked that life is never as neat as she wants. She goes about eliminating every threat to her routines, but she has one friend, a messy old man living as a ward of the Catholic church. When he's remanded to a rest home, Charlotte is faced with an unsettling, messy dilemma. A lovely story in which compassion asserts itself despite all odds, but the gem of the collection is The Girl Who Drowned at School That Time. A student drowns on school grounds, and the district decides to drain the pond and hold a fish-fry memorial. The tale is told by the school secretary, Jo, a local who hates the cretins she works with and longs to flee the town. Given the task of organizing the fish fry, she freezes, but the best of the local good old boys comes to her aid, and in gratitude, Jo sleeps with him. As church ladies and boozers stuff their faces with fish, and teenage boys kill turtles with baseball bats, Jo's rescuer proposes, and she realizes she's trapped forever.--Mort, John Copyright 2015 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Series Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction series ; no. 14.
Subjects Teenage boys -- Southern States -- Fiction.
Teenagers and adults -- Southern States -- Fiction.
Man-woman relationships -- Southern States -- Fiction.
Publisher Denton, Texas :2015
Other Titles Short stories.
Language English
Description 200 pages ; 22 cm.
ISBN 9781574416121
157441612X
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