In sometimes humorous and sometimes tragic, even violent, contexts, the characters in these stories struggle to fathom the complexities and circumstances of their lives. Here are ordinary people trying to come to grips with the implications of where they've been, and prepare themselves for where they're headed. Here are a butcher contemplating the show-business dreams of his young assistant; an elementary school teacher dealing with the violent aftermath of her husband's infidelity; a young man driving to make up with his pregnant girlfriend caught in the year's Blizzard of the Century; a minister reconsidering his vocation as he races through the aisles of a grocery store; a minor league baseball mascot trying desperately to salvage his love life and the dignity and hope of a city; a young boy, anxious to impress his father, losing a finger to an axe; and a high school football player simultaneously confused and awed by his own mystical visions. All these stories seek to interrogate and render in genuine and unflinching ways the nature of doubt, delusion, and, surprisingly, the potentially rescuing powers of faith and grace. They are above all, honest and compassionate stories. Here is a writer you can trust; here are people you have known.
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About the Author
Tom Noyes currently lives in Erie, PA, where he teaches creative writing at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College.
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Behold Faith and Other Stories based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
With a subtlety that comes with wisdom, Noyes writes simple truths that cannot be overlooked. Noyes brings the short story back to life in his collection, splashing the reader with revelations in his short stories while so often truths found in novels are crushed by the weight of words. I recommend the writing of Tom Noyes to those who appreciate the art of literature.
Tom Noyes writes with the strength and simplicity of the late Andre Dubus. Noyes can write with an echo of Hemingway's tragic stance, or with the wild and outrageous humor of Barry Hannah or Thomas McGuane. In this debut collection, a new voice has emerged in American short fiction. Noyes arouses our sympathy, makes us wonder and question, and offers tentative blueprints on how we can retain our honor and faith in a world where the house is falling down.
Dr. Noyes' short stories are tinged blue/hints of crimson. Beautiful language of sweat and Old Spice. Technically beautiful and emotionally tugging, this collection is by far the best collection that has been published in years. If you like spacious and centrifugal endings, then this is your writer. I nominate him for the Booker Prize! O'Henry Award panel, check this writer out.