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Last Words of the Holy Ghost
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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. The Girl Who Drowned at School That Time
  2. pp. 1-20
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  1. Last Words of the Holy Ghost
  2. pp. 21-39
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  1. Awful Pretty
  2. pp. 40-55
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  1. A Serious Question
  2. pp. 56-78
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  1. Penmanship
  2. pp. 79-93
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  1. Chuck Langford Jr., Depressed Auctioneer, Takes Action
  2. pp. 94-117
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  1. Snell’s Law
  2. pp. 118-126
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  1. Nothing Ruins a Good Story Like an Eyewitness
  2. pp. 127-136
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  1. Clarissa Drives John-Boy to the Jacksonville Airport
  2. pp. 137-149
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  1. Any Idiot Can Feel Pain
  2. pp. 150-165
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  1. What to Do When Your Spouse Is Burning
  2. pp. 166-170
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  1. The Funeral Starts at Two
  2. pp. 171-198
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 199-200
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