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Acts of God

Stories

By Ellen Gilchrist, 1935-

The human race. You have to love it and wish it well and not preach or think you have any reason to think you are better than anyone else. Amen. Good-bye. Peace . . .


Master short story writer Ellen Gilchrist, winner of the National Book Award, returns with her first story collection in over eight years. In Acts of God, she has crafted ten different scenarios in which people dealing with forces beyond their control somehow manage to survive, persevere, and triumph, even if it is only a triumph of the will.

For Marie James, a teenager from Fayetteville, Arkansas, the future changes when she joins a group of friends in their effort to find survivors among the debris left when a tornado destroys a neighboring town.

For Philipa, a woman blessed with beauty and love and a life without care, the decision she makes to take control of her fate is perhaps the easiest she has ever made. As she writes to Charles, her husband and lifetime partner, “Nothing is of value except to have lived well and to die without pain.”

For Eli Naylor, left orphaned by a flood, there comes an understanding that sometimes out of tragedy can come the greatest good, as he finds a life and a future in a most unexpected place.

In one way or another, all of these people are fighters and believers, survivors who find the strength to go on when faced with the truth of their mortality, and they are given vivid life in these stories, told with Ellen Gilchrist’s clear-eyed optimism and salty sense of humor.

As a critic in the Washington Post wrote in reviewing one of the author’s earlier works, “To say that Ellen Gilchrist can write is to say that Placido Domingo can sing. All you have to do is listen.

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Acts of God : stories

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Publish Date

2014

ISBN

9781616201104


Format: Book
Author: Gilchrist, Ellen, 1935-
Title: Acts of God : stories / Ellen Gilchrist.
Publisher Date: Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2014.
Subject: Determination (Personality trait) -- Fiction. Life change events -- Fiction.
Isbn: 9781616201104 (hbk.) 161620110X (hbk.)
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 1
System Items Total: 2
Call Number: F Gilchrist
Oclc: 863100575
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Bib Id: 512969

Format: Book
Author: Gilchrist, Ellen, 1935-
Title: Acts of God : stories / Ellen Gilchrist.
Edition: First edition.
Publisher, Date: Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2014.
Description: 246 pages ; 22 cm
Subjects: Determination (Personality trait) -- Fiction.
Subjects: Life change events -- Fiction.
Genre: Short stories.
Other Title: Short stories. Selections
Contents: Acts of God -- Miracle in Adkins, Arkansas -- Collateral -- High water -- Toccata and fugue in d minor -- The dogs -- The dissolution of the myelin sheath -- A love story -- Jumping off bridges into clean water -- Hopedale, a history in four acts.
LCCN: 2013043330
ISBN: 9781616201104 (hbk.)
ISBN: 161620110X (hbk.)
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 1
Total Copies: 2
Call Number: F Gilchrist