Prepare to laugh. Prepare to cry.
In the hospital recovering from a stab wound, 15-year old Dennis Foley has far too much time on his hands. He can only stare at the ceiling tiles and study the beige painted walls for so long. Foley is forced to confront his past and examine the path that almost led to his death. Chicago's Southside neighborhoods of the 1960s and 1970s spring to life in this mem-fic (part memoir-part fiction), where Foley intertwines stories about his drunken father's escapades, alongside stories about the strange solitude he seems to enjoy during his 10-day stay in the Intensive Care Unit, where he befriends an old man dying of cancer.
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A lifelong Chicagoan, Dennis Foley's short stories, memoir pieces and freelance work have appeared in a number of literary venues including HairTrigger, Poetry Motel, The2ndHand, The Chicago Red Streak, The Beverly Review, Gravity, centerstagechicago.com, and The Use of Personal Narratives in the Helping Profession.
Dennis first book, The Street's and San Man's Guide To Chicago Eats, won the Midwest Independent Publishers Association Book Awards 1st Place for Humor. Dennis holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia College-Chicago and a J.D. from The John Marshall Law School. He currently teaches English and coaches lacrosse at his alma mater, St. Laurence High School in Burbank, Illinois. Over the years, Foley has held numerous jobs including: bouncer, beer line cleaner, prosecutor, criminal defense attorney, electrician, dog walker, newspaper deliveryman, teacher, and coach. Happily married to Susan, Dennis is also the proud father of Matt, Pat, and Mike.Review:
Dennis Foley may have outgrown his days as a Chicago alley fighter, but in The Drunkard's Son he delivers a knockout punch with this moving and thought-provoking look at a sometimes painful period in American history and in a young boy's life. Foley knows how to tell a story--the highest compliment I can pay. --Mark Brown, Chicago Sun-Times
Fascinating read. An ordinary boy telling an ordinary story in an extraordinary way. --John R. Powers, author of Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? and The Last Catholic in America
The Drunkard s Son is a combination of Leave It To Beaver, The Wonder Years, The Outsiders and What's Eating Gilbert Grape. It s a coming-of-age story about growing up . . . in Chicago during the '60s and '70s and a history lesson of the social changes that occurred during that era. But above all, it's a great story that made me smile, remember childhood adventures, and finally applaud the resilience of the main character and the love that binds all families together. --Denny Freyer, Lifelong Southsider
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Book Description Side Street Press, 2012. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. first edition. 185 pages. 8.40x5.50x0.60 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # 0615578624