Sweater Girl and Other Tales of Mondauk County

Sweater Girl and Other Tales of Mondauk County

by Michael-Patrick Harrington

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Overview

Welcome to Mondauk County - Where the Past is Never Past

Sweater Girl and Other Tales of Mondauk County is a collection of novellas and stories that explores the condition of morbid nostalgia: being so bound to the past that it poisons the present and chokes the future.

In the novella "Sweater Girl," a man combs through the ashes of a teenage party that took place forty years ago, looking for clues to what had transpired, including arson, an amputation, and the death of his father, while obsessing on the party's catalyst, an enthralling young sweater girl.

Plus...a retired romance novelist faces her fears of intimacy in a most radical fashion...a cult member becomes consumed with an underage girl...a loner signs up for a spelling bee to impress a popular girl on the eve of an assault on the school...as a weary detective hunts the Red Ribbon Killer, a grandmother confronts the secret in her shed...an ex-boxer squares off against a mob capo when his wife disappears...a man finds a radio broadcasting from his past in the abandoned Divine Lorraine Hotel...and after his hand gets stuck to a girl's hair with paste, a giant of a boy is hunted by a vengeful mob.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940149223909
Publisher: Silk Raven Press
Publication date: 03/27/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 370
File size: 357 KB

About the Author

Michael-Patrick Harrington is the author of Saving Magdalene, I See No Angels, and Deep Autumn. Sweater Girl and Other Tales of Mondauk County is his fourth book. The author's web site is www.michaelpatrickharrington.com - it includes a blog and other fun stuff.

Michael-Patrick was born in Philadelphia and lives in Ambler, PA. His favorite color is green. His favorite book by a living writer is A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Arcadia University. He believes that rock'n'roll is the only true religion and not just because the wine is better.

Michael-Patrick began writing stories as soon as he learned how to construct sentences. In grade school, he wrote a short play before Thanksgiving dinner and forced his sister Kathie to commit to playing all the female parts. Kath bailed at the last second, believing that her brother was about to play yet another trick on her. He wasn't. The play closed early, and the author ended up reading the best parts to his grandmother, Ro-Ro. Kath never went into acting. Michael-Patrick still has the play and believes to this day that if Kath had taken on her assigned roles, she would, at the very least, be acting in Lifetime movies, if not accepting an Oscar and weepily thanking her big brother.

Such are the travails of a writer.

One of James Joyce's characters said, "I will try to express myself in some mode of life or art as freely as I can and as wholly as I can using for my defense the only arms I allow myself to use - silence, exile, and cunning."

Ernest Hemingway said, "There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed."

Michael-Patrick believes his approach to writing lies between these two viewpoints: it requires exile and cunning so you don't slip in your blood.

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