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The Best American Catholic Short Stories captures twenty of the best short stories from thirteen American Catholic writers over the past seventy-five years. Spanning most of the twentieth century, the stories in this collection deal with many of the issues brought into the spotlight with Vatican II. One ongoing area of controversy, of course, is in the very notion of Catholic fiction. What constitutes a work as "Catholic"? This new collection, with its rich variety of themes, styles, and tones, takes an important step in answering this question. Pat Schnapp and Dan McVeigh have assembled an extraordinary sampling that is unique in its subject and scope. Major contributors include Mary Gordon, Flannery O'Connor, Ron Hansen, T. Coraghessan Boyle, and Richard Russo.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580512107
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 05/15/2015
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 372
Sales rank: 296,733
Product dimensions: 5.84(w) x 9.05(h) x 0.83(d)

About the Author

A member of the Sisters of Mercy, of Cincinnati, Ohio, Patricia Schnapp is associate professor of English at Siena Heights University. Daniel McVeigh is also professor of English at Siena Heights University. Both live in Adrian, Michigan.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 "Old Red" Chapter 3 "The Presence" Chapter 4 "The Peach Stone" Chapter 5 "Lions, Harts, Leaping Does" Chapter 6 "The Devil in the Desert" Chapter 7 "Emmanuele, Emmanuele" Chapter 8 "The Displaced Person" Chapter 9 "Dawn" Chapter 10 "Silent Retreats" Chapter 11 "Keepsakes" Chapter 12 "Resident Priest" Chapter 13 "Geneseo" Chapter 14 "Playland" Chapter 15 "The Devil and Irv Chernische" Chapter 16 "The Rich Brother" Chapter 17 "Mrs. Cassidy's Last Year" Chapter 18 "The Whore's Child" Chapter 19 "Died and Gone to Vegas" Chapter 20 "Good for the Soul" Chapter 21 "A Father's Story" Chapter 22 Notes on Authors Chapter 23 Selected Bibliography

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