Deep Autumn

Deep Autumn

by Michael-Patrick Harrington


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The time between the waning of the Hunter's Moon and All Hallows' Eve is what the old-timers call Deep Autumn, when the clocks will be turned back and the curtains drawn against unwanted eyes. It is a period of reminiscences and backward glances. It is the season of sleepless nights when accumulated sins flicker in the mind's eye like leave dancing in the bitter wind. Presented here are fifteen stories of the fall-and the lies and regrets that accompany the plummet.

In Deep Autumn, a young girl suffers brain damage after falling from a tree and is venerated as a saint with healing abilities by her neighbors; a Ouija board session draws blood, while a survivor of childhood trauma tries not to float; the block where sixty-four souls were consumed in eight houses becomes consecrated ground; a couple are trapped in a motel room by the ghosts of what might have been and what will never be; a writer recovering from addiction is seduced by the legend of the Lord's Finger; and a young girl finds the seeds of escape in the drawings dropped from a second story window by a boy forever locked away. These tales and more explore the melancholia and occasional madness that comes when the mornings are as dark as the nights and the crunch of dead leaves underfoot serve as a reminder of the reckoning of the season.

This is the time of the dares. This is a time to let go. This is Deep Autumn.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780615848587
Publisher: Silk Raven Press
Publication date: 08/22/2013
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.47(d)

About the Author

Michael-Patrick Harrington was born in Philadelphia but calls Ambler, PA his home.

Deep Autumn is Michael-Patrick's first book. This is the revised second edition. He has two other books available, the novel Saving Magdalene and I See No Angels, a collection of three novellas. He has also written music criticism for magazines.

His literary heroes include John Irving, Joyce Carol Oates, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Charles Dickens, Edith Wharton, J.R.R. Tolkien, Virginia Woolf, and more.

Michael-Patrick writes every morning from 5:30 to 8:30 while playing (relatively) loud music. Please do not call him during those hours; he will not hear the phone.

The author believes that one of the keys to writing is rewriting-again and again and again. A good dictionary and plenty of tea also help.

Michael-Patrick graduated Magna Cum Laude from Arcadia University with an English degree. He also attended La Salle University and went to high school at Holy Ghost Preparatory School.

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