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  • Published: 30 June 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446483954
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 224
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Apparition & Late Fictions


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The first collection of fiction from the author of The Undertaking

A Methodist minister gone astray, a trout bum gone fishing with his father's ashes, an artist overwhelmed by embodied beauty-these are among the uncommon heroes and exquisite narratives in this first collection of stories by the American poet and essayist, Thomas Lynch. Set in Michigan's north woods, Ohio's interior, on islands, in casinos and distant cities, these fictions are linked by the gone and not forgotten: former spouses, dead parents, and missing children. In pursuit of love and its redemptions, Lynch's characters are haunted by memory, dogged by desire, made radiant by romance and its denouements.

With the elegant prose known to the readers of his earlier work, Lynch masterfully creates a world where mirage and apparition are commonplace, where people searching for safe harbour, reconnection and old comforts find them both near at hand and oddly out of reach.

  • Pub date: 30 June 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446483954
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 224

About the Author

Thomas Lynch

Thomas Lynch is the award winning author of three collections of poems and three books of nonfiction, including The Undertaking - Life Studies from the Dismal Trade. His work has appeared in the Atlantic and New Yorker, Harper's, Granta, and Paris Review. His commentaries have appeared in the New York Times, the Irish Times and The Times and are regularly broadcast on the BBC, RTE and NPR. He lives in Milford, Michigan, and Moveen, West Clare.

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Praise for Apparition & Late Fictions

“His style has energy that takes my breath away it's so fresh and unexpected”

Elmore Leonard

“Lynch's work is not just wonderful: it is necessary and that is a rare thing”

The Times


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