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By Stephen Finucan

A impressive debut from a very promising younger author. In twelve wealthy brief tales that flow from small-town lifestyles to old-time Hollywood, from devotion in a tiny Irish parish to the three-ring piety of Lourdes, Stephen Finucan makes a startling visual appeal in American literature. His brilliant characters face poignant battles with faith, braveness and everyday life. In those worlds, refined gestures and minor occasions can all at once flip lives in just the other way of the place they have been purported to lead. Stephen Finucan's brief tales and essays have seemed in different magazines, together with Saturday evening, This journal and the recent Quarterly. He lives in Toronto and is a widespread contributor to The Toronto famous person day-by-day newspaper. satisfied Pilgrims is Finucan's first ebook.

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And none were Gemma. Michael was still awake long after Gemma's breathing had become deep and laboured in its customary snore. Lying on his back, staring at the ceiling, he tried to slow his own breathing to match hers — a tactic he knew to be hopeless. Her dreambound tics and shudders taunted him. When the insomnia first started it was usually after they'd had sex. Then it began to happen regularly. Every night. He grew almost to anticipate it. He would stare through the darkness above him and imagine things differently.

Just wring it like it's a dish cloth. Once and it's done. " I looked down into the water beside me. The duck was still spinning, its one wing beating furiously and its feet pumping. It was working so hard but getting nowhere. Its eye was black and shiny and looking straight into the sky. I turned back to my father. "It's better if you don't look at it," he said. I shook my head. I began to cry. Not hard, but I could feel the warm tears slide down my cheeks. My father got up and came to the back bench beside me.

The old woman puffed loudly. " Michael smiled and pushed through the door. Both women stopped and turned to look at him. " he asked. " Gemma stared at him, the blankness in her face complete. " "What's that, Mrs. " "This, this," she said, and leaned her aging bulk forward and picked up the offending scrap of paper. "Yes," Michael said. " "Yes. " She gave the coupon a disagreeable shake, then let it flutter back to the table. " Michael said, giving his head a scratch. " Mrs. Barlow burped. " Michael continued.

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