The Altar Boy: A Dark Tale of Comedy, Sorrow and The Catholic Church in the 1960s

The Altar Boy: A Dark Tale of Comedy, Sorrow and The Catholic Church in the 1960s

by Phil Stephens

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Overview

Black-robed nuns, priests, bishops, the select fraternity of Altar Boys, and the ancient ceremonies of the Catholic Church. Music of the '60s, boyhood shenanigans, Cootie doctors, and coming of age. Set in the socially and politically tumultuous period of the 1960s, The Altar Boy is the fictionalized tale of Carl Sanders, a funny, sensitive kid, who's caught in the middle when his family is fractured by his parents faltering marriage and the appearance of a powerful priest. We follow Carl's confusion and pain as he watches the pious façade of the Church fall away to reveal unholy carte blanche, pain and grief. The book opens in the late 1980s. Carl and his brother down beer after beer at a favorite pub, trying to piece together their family's chaotic past. The stakes are high-someone is about to return after a 20-year absence, threatening to re-ignite the family conflict. As the brothers' painful recollections of their past become more traumatic, Carl drifts back in time to the era he tried for so many years to forget. The story is realistic, poignant, and at times very funny. Stephens shines a timely spotlight on the then-unquestioned power of the Church, while taking the reader back to the '60s era of rock & roll, Catholic schools, social upheaval, and boyhood pranks.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780997874501
Publisher: Phil Stephens Publications
Publication date: 09/08/2016
Pages: 270
Sales rank: 755,249
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.01(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter I: The Dark Road Back..........................1

Chapter 2: Johnny Angel...................................11

Chapter 3: Mrs. Gertelwitch...............................33

Chapter 4: The Field......................................... 51

Chapter 5: Deus Servo Meus Matris................. 73

Chapter 6: The Shop..........................................89

Chapter 7: St. Micaelis and the Shop.................101

Chapter 8: In the Name of the Father..................131

Chapter 9: Leabor Road......................................155

Chapter 10: St. Macarius and Leabor Road.........187

Chapter 11: St. Jerome’s and Leabor Road..........229

Chapter 12: The Dark Road Forward................... 259

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