Since the suicide of his younger brother, Julien has burrowed away from life, turning his back on family and friends. His only human contacts are the denizens of a downtown Boston homeless shelter where he works the graveyard shift. One in particular - Rosie, an Irish "hag" - helps guide Julien through a particularly dark night, as he traverses the dim caverns and blind curves of the human spirit. The single night is filled with flashbacks, interactions with shelter transients, and Irish storytelling, that Julien hopes against hope might help him find some kind of resolution and purpose.
Timothy Quigley deftly interweaves Celtic mythology, Christian dogma, street smarts, New Age drunk talk and mad men's ravings, to create a deeply compassionate portrait of a jaded, disillusioned man's struggle to get his life back on track. Timothy Quigley's award-winning stories have appeared in The Chariton Review, Line Zero Journal of Art and Literature, La Ostra Magazine, Writer's World, as well as various online publications. He is also the screenwriter of two short films; one animated, and the other a live action adapted from one of his short stories. He is currently working on a feature-length film adaptation of Kissing the Hag, as well as a collection of short stories. Quigley received his MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Norwich University, and currently teaches writing and literature at Salem State University and Wentworth Institute in Boston.
"[Timothy Quigley's fiction]... is wonderful... buoyant and lively and crackling with fascinating energies and tensions." ~ Dr. James D'Agostino, author of "Nude with Anything" and Editor of "The Chariton Review"
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Julien found his younger brother Mark after he committed suicide. Julien worked at a homeless shelter He was late for work and when he got there the cops were there. Claudia was a volunteer that kept making up rules for the people who stayed at the shelter. Julien interacted with the homeless people especially Rosie the hag who had helped him through an especially bad/dark night. It has been a year since since Mark died. Julien had a good job before Mark’s death but quit it after. Julien had watched his two brothers after his father had walked out and his mom worked and went to school at night. This story was okay but it was a little dark for me. But this story made Julien did make Julien’s pain very real to you as a reader. I don’t know guess it’s just not my kind of story. It didn’t hold my interest. I guess it’s one of those books I don’t hate but don’t like a lot either. I received an ARC of this story for an honest review.