The Smoky Mountain Cage Bird Society: And Other Magical Tales from Everyday Life

Skoyles, John

Published by Kodansha Amer Inc, 1997
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Synopsis: The stories here take place in life's everyday settings: a coffee shop where a small miracle occurs, a local garage where a brother's loyalty is tested, a pizza parlor where a family's sense of faith is renewed, a backyard that offers a new view of home. The book is filled with moments that show how even the simplest events illuminate our lives. In the 1950s a lonely aunt teaches young Skoyles how to escort a lady, and in so doing, allows herself to experience a new part of the world as well. His six-year-old son's crayon drawing reveals a wisdom only innocence can bring, and teaches Skoyles one of the most important lessons in a parent's life. A prize-winning, 112-pound pumpkin, grown with a little faith and a lot of luck in his backyard, leaves Skoyles with the curious dilemma of how to move the behemoth. Written with humor, affection, and insight, The Smoky Mountain Cage Bird Society is both entertaining and inspirational. It speaks with a warmth and wisdom that renews our delight and awe at the commonplace wonders of life.

Review: Writer and poet John Skoyles presents a collection of essays, subtitled And Other Magical Tales from Everyday Life, which focus on how people relate to each other. Finding extraordinary significance in ordinary events, Skoyles trains his eye on his relationships with members of his family and with colleagues he's worked with teaching writing at various colleges. Some of the incidents, such as a meeting with a Chinese painter in a Steak Barn cafeteria in Illinois, are unlikely and charming. And what elevates this collection above standard inspirational stories is the consistently high quality of Skoyles's prose.

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Title: The Smoky Mountain Cage Bird Society: And ...
Publisher: Kodansha Amer Inc
Publication Date: 1997
Binding: Hardcover
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