Outlaws of the Purple Cow and Other Stories

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Kent State University Press, 1999 - Fiction - 358 pages
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In this, his third collection of stories, Lester Goran moves us again through the times and places indelibly stamped with his wit and insight about people and events lost to history. Outlaws of the Purple Cow centers around the domains of Irish-American men and women in Pittsburgh. Goran creates once more his world of poignant and magical times and places within the mundane affairs of ordinary men and women. Goran's evocative settings and narratives range form the supernatural to the humorous, from bawdy to richly detailed realism.

Goran, with his mastery of language and images, chronicles in stories the unheralded laughters and sorrows of Americans seldom noted in fiction.

Goran creates once more his world of poignant and magical times and places within the mundane affairs of ordinary men and women. Goran's evocative settings and narratives range from the supernatural to the humorous, from bawdy to richly detailed realism: the bewildering ceremony enacted on a suburban lawn on Good Friday; an inventory of the loves of a lifetime compiled on scraps of paper and matchbook covers; the young man home on leave from the army who encounters a woman whose entire life is reflected in the wires holding together her threadbare Christmas tree; and the young man on the first day of his first job who delivers roses to a house where the homeowner had died since ordering the flowers. Goran, with his mastery of language and images, chronicles in stories the unheralded laughter's and sorrows of Americans seldom noted in fiction.

 

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Contents

Jenny and the Episcopalian
3
Keeping Count
22
The Big Broadcasts
42
Adventurer
57
An Old Man and Three Wishes
78
OCasey and the Career
93
The Priest of Storms
117
A Guess on Good Friday
149
The Death of the Quaterback
208
Say Something to Miss Kathleen Lacey
226
Hello Goodbye
242
The Inheritance
263
THE DRUMS OF MORNING
279
Shannon Made of Sunlight and Bones
281
A Day at the Lake
291
Why He Never Left His Wife
307

UNNATURAL EXPECTATIONS
165
The Chorus Girl
167
Alias Eleanor Roosevelt
187
Caught
330
Outlaws of the Purple Cow
344
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About the author (1999)

Lester Goran is a professor of English at the University of Miami. His other publications include Tales from the Irish Club: A Collection of Short Stories (Kent State University Press, 1995), The Bright Streets of Surfside: The Memoir of a Friendship with Isaac Bashevis Singer (Kent State University Press, 1994), She Love Me Once and Other Stories (Kent State University Press, 1997), and nine novels, including Mrs. Beautiful, The Demon in the Sun Parlor, and The Keeper of Secrets.

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