Gemini

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Set in rural Vermont during the 1968-69 academic year, Gemini is the story of one man's effort to salvage his life.
Jack Scanlon returns to his hometown after an 18 year absence, taking a position as a high school science teacher, and moving in with his uncle and his wife after losing, due to his excessive drinking, his wife and young daughter, and his job. Scanlon's ambivalence extends to his views on the war in
Vietnam, the hippie culture, ...
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Overview

Set in rural Vermont during the 1968-69 academic year, Gemini is the story of one man's effort to salvage his life.
Jack Scanlon returns to his hometown after an 18 year absence, taking a position as a high school science teacher, and moving in with his uncle and his wife after losing, due to his excessive drinking, his wife and young daughter, and his job. Scanlon's ambivalence extends to his views on the war in
Vietnam, the hippie culture, and his own identity. After an incestuous dream, he is driven to seek counseling. His counselor, with the unlikely name of Robert Kennedy, whose somewhat unorthodox therapeutic method includes whiskey drinking during sessions, becomes not only Scanlon's counselor, but his alter ego. Their relationship becomes fundamental to Scanlon's continuing struggle for a better life.
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Rosemary Mahoney
Mike Burns has carved out a piece of New England life, passed it beneath a powerful magnifying glass, and come up with Gemini, the compelling story of one man's desperate struggle for an identity, a better self, a better life. This is a gritty, funny, sad, entertaining, and moving work, rich in detail, full of rancor and love, failure and wisdom, weakness and regret, and a host of memorable, expertly drawn characters. Burns writes with compassion, skill, generosity, and sharp-eyed verve.
author of Whoredom in Kimmage and A Likely Story
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780984615407
  • Publisher: All Things That Matter Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2010
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Since his retirement from St. Paul's School in 2004,
Michael Burns has been living with his wife in rural New Hampshire, writing novels and catching up on the reading he missed before retirement. In the short New Hampshire season, Burns enjoys playing golf, and also appreciates good music, good food, and good wine.
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