Hail Mary Corner

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Dundurn, 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

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
11
Section 3
25
Section 4
37
Section 5
45
Section 6
53
Section 7
63
Section 8
69
Section 13
123
Section 14
131
Section 15
139
Section 16
147
Section 17
155
Section 18
163
Section 19
173
Section 20
179

Section 9
85
Section 10
93
Section 11
103
Section 12
111
Section 21
187
Section 22
195
Section 23
201
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Page 5 - Amplius lava me ab iniquitate mea : * et a peccato meo munda me.
Page xiv - What is time, then? If nobody asks me, I know; if I have to explain it to someone who has asked me, I do not know.

About the author (2001)

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."

In 2001 he was awarded the Lowell Thomas Silver Award for best North American travel essay. He lives in Vancouver British Columbia.

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