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The Old Priest, Anthony Wallace

Label
The Old Priest
Title
The Old Priest
Statement of responsibility
Anthony Wallace
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The Old Priest is a book of transformations. From the cigar-smoke-and-mirrors world of casino life, to the collection's title character morphing into a goat-man before the narrator's eyes, to a family drama upended by a miniature dinosaur in the backyard, Anthony Wallace writes about life-changing events. The characters seek to escape their earthly boundaries through artifice and fantasy, and those boundaries can be as elegant and fragile as a martini glass or as hardscrabble as an Indian reservation. In these eight vividly detailed short stories we encounter cheating husbands, neurotic housewives, out-of-control teenagers, desperate gamblers, deluded alcoholics, and a host of others who would like a chance at something more. Some face the consequences of their actions, while others simply begin to see what they've been missing all along. Through wry, ironic prose-and what feels like firsthand experience-Wallace describes a comic and often misguided search for self-knowledge in the most unlikely locations-like the Emerald City, a low-rent gambling den where a cocktail waitress dressed as an X-rated Dorothy offers gamblers more than a Scotch on the rocks; or the Bastille Hotel-Casino, where a dealer dressed as an eighteenth century footman deals five-dollar blackjack to a reminiscing Holocaust survivor. Occasionally a real demon appears, but the collection is mostly about personal demons and the possibility of exorcising them. The stories in The Old Priest have to do with time and memory, and they convincingly open out beyond ordinary daily time to reveal something else-the present moment, perhaps, but a larger, more mysterious conception of it
Member of
Cataloging source
P@U
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Wallace, Anthony
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
Series statement
Drue Heinz Literature Prize
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Life change events
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • Life change events
  • Kurzgeschichte
  • Amerikanisches Englisch
Label
The Old Priest, Anthony Wallace
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Antecedent source
not applicable
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The old priest -- Snow behind the door -- The city of gold -- Jack Frost -- Upstairs room -- Have you seen this girl? -- The unexamined life -- The burnie-can
Control code
ocn867740034
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780822979203
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 22573/ctt5g64ws
  • 6f02fa76-cd72-44bd-b145-da1ae148e338
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
not applicable
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)867740034
Label
The Old Priest, Anthony Wallace
Publication
Copyright
Antecedent source
not applicable
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The old priest -- Snow behind the door -- The city of gold -- Jack Frost -- Upstairs room -- Have you seen this girl? -- The unexamined life -- The burnie-can
Control code
ocn867740034
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780822979203
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 22573/ctt5g64ws
  • 6f02fa76-cd72-44bd-b145-da1ae148e338
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
not applicable
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)867740034

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