Happy Pilgrims

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Insomniac Press, Nov 2, 2009 - Canadian fiction - 217 pages
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In twelve rich stories that move from smalltown Ontario to old-time Hollywood, from devotion in a tiny Irish parish to the three-ring piety of Lourdes, Stephen Finucan makes a startling appearance on the CanLit frontier. Finucan's vibrant characters face poignant battles with religion, courage, and daily life. In ''On Angel's Wings'' an apparition of the Virgin Mary is run down by a drunken Rotarian's El Camino on Founder's Day, and an eight-year-old boy struggles to understand the meaning of faith. In ''The Honeymooners'' an elderly man decides it's finally time to take his Alzheimer's-stricken wife on the vacation he's been promising her for sixty years. And in ''Windows'' a recent divorcee empowers herself through home renovation. In these worlds, subtle gestures and minor events can suddenly turn lives in exactly the opposite direction of where they were supposed to lead.
 

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Contents

A Talk
35
Greater Powers
45
The Whispering Lady
59
Hollywood Here We Come
89
The Honeymooners
123
Pineapples and Alaska
143
Could Be Rainin
153
The Long Weekend
167
Windows
187
The Happy Pilgrim
195
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About the author (2009)

Stephen Finucan is a graduate of the MA program in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England and the Humber School for Writers. His short stories and essays have appeared in numerous magazines, including Saturday Night, THIS Magazine, The Sewanee Review, The New Quarterly and B&A. He lives in Toronto and is a frequent contributor to The Toronto Star. Happy Pilgrims is Finucan's first book.

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