Last Words of the Holy Ghost

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University of North Texas Press, Nov 15, 2015 - Fiction - 210 pages
Funny, heartbreaking, and real—these twelve stories showcase a dynamic range of voices belonging to characters who can't stop confessing. They are obsessive storytellers, disturbed professors, depressed auctioneers, gambling clergy. A fourteen-year-old boy gets baptized and speaks in tongues to win the love of a girl who ushers him into adulthood; a troubled insomniac searches the woods behind his mother's house for the "awful pretty" singing that begins each midnight; a school-system employee plans a year-end party at the site of a child's drowning; a burned-out health-care administrator retires from New England to coastal Georgia and stumbles upon a life-changing moment inside Walmart. These big-hearted people—tethered to the places that shape them—survive their daily sorrows and absurdities with well-timed laughter; they slouch toward forgiveness, and they point their ears toward the Holy Ghost's last words.
 

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A dozen colorful short stories set in the heart of darkness that is rural America. This year's winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction, Cashion (How the Sun Shines on Noise, 2004 ... Read full review

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Contents

The Girl Who Drowned at School That Time
1
Last Words of the Holy Ghost
21
Awful Pretty
40
A Serious Question
56
Penmanship
79
Chuck Langford Jr Depressed Auctioneer Takes Action
94
Snells Law
118
Nothing Ruins a Good Story Like an Eyewitness
127
Clarissa Drives JohnBoy to the Jacksonville Airport
137
Any Idiot Can Feel Pain
150
What to Do When Your Spouse Is Burning
166
The Funeral Starts at Two
171
Acknowledgments
199
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About the author (2015)

Matt Cashion was born in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, and grew up in Brunswick and St. Simons Island, Georgia. He earned an MFA at the University of Oregon and now teaches at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse. He is the author of two novels, How the Sun Shines on Noise and Our 13th Divorce. He lives in La Crosse, Wisconsin. 

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