Sabbath Night in the Church of the Piranha

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Unbridled Books, May 1, 2005 - Fiction - 304 pages
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For a long time now, Edward Falco has quietly established his place among the absolute best American storytellers. Those who haven’t yet read him don’t want to miss this chance. That’s why we’re so excited to offer the very best of his work, gathered together for the first time, to a wider readership.

Falco’s stories are unforgettable, dangerous as a high-wire act without a net, filled with dramatic action, and peopled with believable characters challenged by events into making risky moral choices, so emotionally true that readers will carry them around for a long time. His prose is tense, sharp, and beautifully, wonderfully rich. In story after story, Falco’s characters find the comfortable order of their lives ambushed by an upswelling of dark forces beyond their control. In order to protect the lives of family—lovers, wives, and especially children—from a catastrophe, they often must summon up the personal courage to climb back from their own monsters, to set aside old, private scars. The decisions they make reveal their bonds, the set of their hearts, and the harsh nature of the culture we all live in today.

If someone out there could write the contemporary counterpart to Flannery O’Conoor’s classic “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” it would be Falco. His are good, old-fashioned, hard-to-find stories set way out there on the edge.
 

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Sabbath Night in the Church of the Piranha : New and Selected Stories

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This third collection from Falco (Plato at Scratch Daniel's ), which consists of 16 stories, provides spare accounts of two types of men: one full of rage, anger, and dysfunction and another ... Read full review

Contents

The Instruments of Peace
1
Gifts
21
Sweet
31
Smugglers
45
Tulsa Snow
57
Radon
69
The Professors Son
87
The Match
99
Monsters
137
Sabbath Night in the Church of the Piranha
161
Acid
181
Small Blessings
199
Silver Dollars
215
Drunks
229
The Artist
245
Copyright

The Revenant
119

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About the author (2005)

Edward Falco was born in Brooklyn and teaches at Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Virginia. He’s the prize-winning author of Wolf Point, along with three previous collections—Sabbath Night in the Church of the Piranha: New & Selected Stories, Plato at Scratch Daniel’s and the Richard Sullivan Prize winner, Acid—and a novel, Winter in Florida.

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