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The Old Priest is a book of transformations. From the seamy underbelly of casino life and its get-rich-quick schemes, to the title character morphing into a goat before his protégé’s eyes, to a family upended by a miniature dinosaur in their back yard, Anthony Wallace writes about life-changing events and their consequences. The characters, cut from the well-worn cloth of hardscrabble lives, confront circumstances and memories that will alter their personal trajectories. Through wry and ironic prose, and what feels like firsthand experience, Wallace details a comic and often deluded search for self-gratification in the most unlikely locations—such as the Emerald City Bar, where a waitress dressed as an x-rated Dorothy offers clientele more than just a highball; or the Bastille Casino, where dealers in French Revolutionary garb fleece patrons, among them a Holocaust survivor. We soon learn that the victims or anyone else in these tales are not above reproach; they too have personal demons. Far from redemptive, the stories in The Old Priest instead offer hard lessons that are both revealing and knowing.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 2-7
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-11
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  1. The Old Priest
  2. pp. 1-43
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  1. Snow behind the Door
  2. pp. 44-60
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  1. The City of Gold
  2. pp. 61-83
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  1. Jack Frost
  2. pp. 84-94
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  1. Upstairs Room
  2. pp. 95-106
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  1. Have You Seen This Girl?
  2. pp. 107-122
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  1. The Unexamined Life
  2. pp. 123-154
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  1. The Burnie-Can
  2. pp. 155-170
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 171-183
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  1. Back Cover
  2. pp. 184-184
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780822979203
Related ISBN
9780822944294
MARC Record
OCLC
867740034
Pages
160
Launched on MUSE
2013-10-21
Language
English
Open Access
No
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