Brother Frank's Gospel Hour: Stories

Overview

These eleven stories continue the adventures of Silas Ermineskin and his sidekick Frank Fencepost, as Kinsella returns to the Cree Indian reserve in Hobbema, Alberta, where his cast of zany characters, last seen in The Fencepost Chronicles and The Miss Hobbema Pageant, is at its wry best.

Here Frank Fencepost, true to form as a fast-talking con artist, outwits the Alberta Supreme Court in a hilarious cattle-insemination case in "Bull." In the title story he becomes an ...

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Overview

These eleven stories continue the adventures of Silas Ermineskin and his sidekick Frank Fencepost, as Kinsella returns to the Cree Indian reserve in Hobbema, Alberta, where his cast of zany characters, last seen in The Fencepost Chronicles and The Miss Hobbema Pageant, is at its wry best.

Here Frank Fencepost, true to form as a fast-talking con artist, outwits the Alberta Supreme Court in a hilarious cattle-insemination case in "Bull." In the title story he becomes an evangelizing Robin Hood, turning the government-sponsored K-U-G-H radio show into a scheme to use listeners' donations to fund listeners' wishes (and incidentally line his pockets), and in "Miracle on Manitoba Street" he visits a Montana reserve where he carves a picture of the Virgin Mary on a derelict Frigidaire and convinces the local medicine woman it's a miracle—one worthy of an admission charge.

Not all the stories are humorous: "Dream Catcher" grapples with sexual violence when Silas's twelve-year-old sister is assaulted and Mad Etta, the community's four-hundred-pound medicine woman, provides a nightmare "cure" for the would-be rapist; "Ice Man" depicts gender discrimination, as Jason Twelve Trees fights to participate in a cooking competition despite his father's wish for him to become a mechanic; and "The Rain Birds" shows the consequences of the government's computer-driven corporate farms riding roughshod over the human and natural environment in western Canada.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870743993
  • Publisher: Southern Methodist University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1996
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 5.35 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

W. P. KINSELLA is the author of several short story collections, including three reissued by SMU Press: Red Wolf, Red Wolf (1990), Shoeless Joe Jackson Comes to Iowa (1993), and Go the Distance: Baseball Stories (1995), originally published as The Further Adventures of Slugger McBatt. He is best known for his award-winning novel Shoeless Joe, which became the film Field of Dreams in 1989. A native Canadian, Kinsella divides his time between western Canada and California.
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Table of Contents

Bull 1
Miracle on Manitoba Street 19
The Elevator 37
Ice Man 51
Turbulence 69
Saskatoon Search 81
The Rain Birds 97
George the Cat 111
Conflicting Statements 129
Dream Catcher 147
Brother Frank's Gospel Hour 161
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