Hail Mary Corner

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Dundurn, Oct 16, 2001 - Fiction - 209 pages
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Taut, compelling, and remarkably assured, Hail Mary Corner thrusts readers into unfamiliar territory past an emotional frontier we all must cross: the uncertain ground between adolescence and adulthood.

High on a cliff above a pulp-mill town on Vancouver Island, sixteen-year-old Bill MacAvoy and his friends lead cloistered lives while other boys their age run free. it may be the fall of 1982, but inside the walls of their Benedictine seminary they inhabit a medieval world steeped in ritual and discipline–a place where blackrobed monks move like shadows between doubt and faith.

Isolated from the outside, Bill and his friends develop a unique and often hilarious culture. Schooled in the virtues of sacrifice and service, they instead learn to challenge, resist, and wield power over one another’s lives.

On the road to certain expulsion, Bill discovers two secrets: one concerns Brother Thomas, the monk who watches his every move; the other involves his best friend, Jon. In Bill’s hands these secrets prove dangerous weapons. Handled carelessly, they trigger an event that threatens to haunt him for the rest of his life.

 

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User Review  - TimBazzett - LibraryThing

While reading Brian Payton's 2001 novel, HAIL MARY CORNER, I wondered if, like me, he had studied John Knowles' classic coming-of-age novel, A SEPARATE PEACE. Because the books are similar, and yet ... Read full review

Contents

ONE DEDICATION
1
TWO ROMANS AND CHRISTIANS
11
THREE THE LONG WALK
25
FOUR COLLATERAL DAMAGE
37
FIVE MARK OF FAITH
45
SIX GRACE
53
SEVEN RETREAT
63
EIGHT OFFSIDES
69
THIRTEEN CONFIDENCE MAN
123
FOURTEEN KNIGHTHOOD
131
FIFTEEN EYE OF THE TIGER
139
SIXTEEN NIGHT SWIMMING
147
SEVENTEEN CONTAGION
155
EIGHTEEN THE DYING ROOM
163
NINETEEN ELEMENTS OF SURPRISE
173
TWENTY CRIMES OF PASSION
179

NINE UNCOMMON KNOWLEDGE
85
TEN THE GATEKEEPER
93
ELEVEN A WAKE
103
TWELVE DRIVES
111
TWENTY ONE SACRIFICE
187
TWENTY TWO SIGNS OF PEACE
195
TWENTY THREE EPILOGUE
201
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Brian Payton was born in the United States and moved to Canada at the age of sixteen. He is the author of two nonfiction books, Long Beach, Clayoquot and Beyond and Cowboy, and is a contributor to the acclaimed anthology Literary Trips 2: Following in the Footsteps of Fame. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Boston Globe, and Toronto's Globe and Mail.

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