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Synopsis: Meet the characters of essayist Philip Gerard’s world: a misguided sailor and his crew of rowdy teenage boys, an ancient nun, a nurse who believes the government has been secretly spreading the bubonic plague, a park ranger, jaded baseball players, a voice on a VHF radio far out to sea, a family of itinerant Mexicans camping dangerously in a dry riverbed, a famous alcoholic writer, and a few inexplicable ghosts. Gerard’s true stories are shot through with the uncanny and the mysterious―they are not quiet interior contemplations but instead are full of public events, remarkable encounters, life-and-death moments that both reveal and deepen the mysteries of our lives.
The Patron Saint of Dreams is a collection of fifteen narrative essays that address events in the world through the lens of personal experience, moments when seemingly small decisions have large consequences: enduring the terror of a direct hit by a hurricane, hiking through bear country and suffering a heart attack, hearing a disturbing secret from a old soldier who has kept it for sixty years, discovering an imposter who maintains his dual life long after death. Told by one of the South’s most acclaimed and masterful nonfiction writers, these are the stories we live, and the lovely and terrible people who live them with us.
From the Author: The Patron Saint of Dreams is the distillation of years of writing, a labor equally of the mind and the heart. For me an essay is always a quest for discovery. The process of writing the essay reveals what it is about, and the track made by that process, the artifact of that discovery, is the finished essay. All these essays are stories infused with questions and ideas. My fondest hope is that you, the reader, will enjoy them and that they will provoke in you that same excitement of discovery that I felt as they unfolded onto the page. Good reading!
Title: The Patron Saint of Dreams
Publisher: Hub City Press
Publication Date: 2012
Book Condition: Used: Good
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