Thieves I've Known

Thieves I've Known


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Thieves I've Known by Tom Kealey

In these wondrously strange and revealing stories, Tom Kealey chronicles the struggles and triumphs of the young and marginalized as they discover many ways of growing up.

Their names are Merrill, Omar, Shelby, Laika, Winston, and Toomey, but most people don’t see them. They are boxers in training and the children of fishermen. They are altar boys in a poverty-stricken parish. They are assistant groundskeepers and assistant camel-keepers. They travel with the circus, care for disabled siblings, steal police cars, and retrieve the stolen boots of a priest. Ranging in abode from Puget Sound, Washington, to Pamlico Sound, North Carolina, they are abandoned yet courageous and plucky children and teenagers living on the edges of society.

Thieves I’ve Known is a collection of powerful, moving stories about the lives of a redemptive and peculiar cast of young characters who become easy to know and difficult to forget.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780820345376
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Publication date: 09/15/2013
Series: Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction Series , #78
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 8.60(w) x 5.80(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

TOM KEALEY is the author of The Creative Writing MFA Handbook. His stories have appeared in Best American Nonrequired Reading, Glimmer Train, Story Quarterly, Prairie Schooner, and the San Francisco Chronicle. His nonfiction has appeared in Poets and Writers and The Writer. He received his MFA in creative writing from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he received the Distinguished Teaching Award. Tom has taught creative writing at Stanford University since 2003.

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Thieves I've Known: Stories 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful collection. I came upon the book somewhat by accident, so it was particularly satisfying to discover this author’s talent. The stories here are beautifully written and Mr. Kealey has a remarkable ability to create memorable, sympathetic characters. The stories in Thieves I’ve Known are deeply moving and original, but also quietly powerful. I read a lot of story collections, but rarely feel the need to review.  This one is something special.  A truly great reading experience.