Last Words of the Holy Ghost

by Matt Cashion

Series: Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction

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  • 1574416235
  • 9781574416121
  • 9781574416237
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.

Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 1574416235
  • 9781574416121
  • 9781574416237
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 1574416235
  • 9781574416121
  • 9781574416237