A Celestial Omnibus: Short Fiction on Faith


Short Fiction on Faith

Luminous fiction on themes of faith and meaning from favorite writers, including Sandra Cisneros, Andre Dubus, Louise Erdrich, Stephen King, Flannery O'Connor, Philip Roth, E. M. Forster and others.

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Short Fiction on Faith

Luminous fiction on themes of faith and meaning from favorite writers, including Sandra Cisneros, Andre Dubus, Louise Erdrich, Stephen King, Flannery O'Connor, Philip Roth, E. M. Forster and others.

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Kirkus Reviews
This gathering of 26 stories by well-known writers on the nature and function of faith is more intriguing for the questions it poses than for any answers it offers. After all, fiction is more about gathering evidence than about arriving at succinct solutions. That said, there are some moving and persuasive tales here, such as Andre Dubus's "A Father's Story," about a man who violates the tenets of his religion to save his daughter; John L'Heureux's terse "The Expert on God," concerning a priest compelled, while ministering to a dying man, to confront his own uncertainties about the nature of faith; Flannery O'Connor's stunning tale "Good Country People," about a devout, crippled woman and a deranged Bible salesman; and Isaac Bashevis Singer's angry "Gimpel the Fool," offering a terse commentary on both this world and the next. Other writers here include Zora Neale Hurston, Vladimir Nabokov ("Christmas"), John Updike, Reynolds Price, and E.M. Forster. A useful and sometimes provocative gathering.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807083352
  • Publisher: Beacon
  • Publication date: 9/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 1,017,904
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

J. P. Maney has taught English at the University of Utah and at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Tom Hazuka is associate professor of English at Central Connecticut State University. Both accomplished writers of fiction, Maney and Hazuka’s editorial credits include several other fiction anthologies, notably Flash Fiction, Sudden Fiction, Sudden Fiction International, and The Best of the West.

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Table of Contents

Little Miracles, Kept Promises 3
A Father's Story 15
Christmas 34
Mr. Green 40
The Man to Send Rain Clouds 49
The Expert on God 57
The Conversion of the Jews 61
Pigeon Feathers 75
Watching Her Die 96
All Stories Are True 110
Obasan 125
Sweat 139
God's World 150
Good Country People 161
Act of Faith 179
Love Medicine 197
The Celestial Omnibus 217
On Mortality 232
The Silver Crown 234
The Man in the Black Suit 251
Cathedral 275
Zoo Animal Keeper 1, REC-SVC-ZK 289
First Confession 296
Gimpel the Fool 304
Everyday Use 317
Contributors 325
Credits 333
Index of Contributors 337
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