Cover

pdf iconDownload PDF
 

Inside Jacket

pdf iconDownload PDF
 

Title Page, Series Page, Copyright, Dedication, Epigraph

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. i-vi

Contents

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. vii-viii

read more

Acknowledgments

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. ix-x

These stories, some in slightly different forms, appeared in the following publications:
“The Good Father” in Agni Online; “The Goat Fish and the Lover’s Knot,” “All the Time in the World,” “A Woman Gone Missing...

read more

The Goat Fish and the Lover’s Knot

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 1-14

I told my dad, “As far as I know,” when he asked if the entire clan would be there. Meaning my best friend Darwin and both his parents, Mr. and Mrs. LaVann, who owned a cabin on a lake about an hour’s drive north of Cadillac in decent weather. And, although we couldn’t...

read more

All The Time in the World

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 15-30

My father’s name is Bradley Chicky. He who fanned fifteen consecutive batters to win the 1989 Division II high school state championship. A spider-arm southpaw submariner whose full-ride scholarships mark this town’s first-ever big-league prospect...

read more

Calcheck and Priest

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 31-52

Calcheck wa s on the saw but the chain needed sharpening, the bar already scorched and beginning to smoke. No earplugs or safety goggles, and the laces of his steel-toed boots dragging underfoot. Not to mention that he’d been drinking, possibly for much of the night...

read more

The Alchemist’s Apprentice

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 53-70

My mom says she hasn’t the foggiest and that wherever Jimmy Creedy, her stay-over boyfriend, heisted all those tracheotomy tubes is anybody’s guess. “Possibly Dr. Frankenstein’s la-bor-a-tory,” I joked, but she just shrugged, like yeah, maybe. For everyone’s sake she asks...

read more

Land of the Lost and Found

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 71-86

I’d estimate a couple-three years after the real-estate venture went belly up was when we moved in. A tire iron instead of a front door key and the padlock so flimsy it popped on the first try, as if anxious to share in the trouble Sheila guaranteed was ours for the taking. I’d...

read more

The Good Father

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 87-98

My dad’s name is Philly Penwaydon and, meaning to be funny, he’s started addressing me, his estranged and only son, as Sam Lee P., like I’m part Korean or something. I’m not. I’m black Irish on my mom’s side, clear blue eyes and hair the color of onyx. On my dad’s, American...

read more

A Woman Gone Missing

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 99-114

Her age is thirty-three. Already twice divorced, though neither is the father of her teenage daughter, Trinity, who has opted to spend her junior year living with her biological dad four hours south in Kalamazoo. “Getting to know him better” is what she says...

read more

Here’s How It Works

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 115-130

My ha lf brother Cole insists that our mom only dates former inmates, and that he can bull’s-eye, give or take, the length of their incarcerations. “Yeah, right,” I say. “A year for every second they stare at us while Mom emcees the intros.” “No,” he says. “Not even close...

read more

On This Day You Are All Your Ages

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 131-146

And the longevity genes are on your side. Your mother, at eightyone, still owns that same outdated two-bedroom, bath-and-a-half red brick ranch where you grew up, a valid driver’s license, and a Buick Skylark that, as she says, was built to last.
And your father, former...

read more

That Story

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 147-162

Wherever my mom finds these articles I haven’t a clue. All I know is that she clips them out and hands them to me to read. “Look, Fritzi, another miracle,” she says, the most recent having occurred somewhere outside San Francisco.
For a good laugh I pass them along...

read more

About the Author

pdf iconDownload PDF

p. 163

Jack Driscoll is a two-time NEA Creative Writing Fellowship recipient and the author of eleven books, including the short story collections Wanting Only to Be Heard, winner of the AWP Short Fiction Award, and...