9781550969610

Never’s Just the Echo of Forever

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  • ISBN13:

    9781550969610

  • ISBN10:

    1550969617

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2022-10-01
  • Publisher: Exile Editions
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Summary

This is the story of 29-year-old Albie Starbach, a reclusive man who is the caretaker of a large rooming house, with a day job as a crossing guard. He is a caring man. But he is also a dangerous man…living in a world that to him is threatening because he feels he has been wronged, and he is resentful.
  He has wired the rooming house with dynamite, and every time he goes out, he sets a timer. He had better get back in time or the house will blow. Often, it is not easy to get back; out on the streets desperado cowboys in the trees talk to him, “working women” taunt him, the police accost him.
  His only companion is his legless mother who, in a wheelchair in their basement rooms, conducts day-long derisive arguments with the television, as if all those people were alive in her room. Living together at the bottom of their world, mother and son feed each other their rage, their righteous indignation, their sense of moral singularity. Determinedly alone, determinedly wounded, they are embattled, and their story is very much a story of our time, and the world had better watch out because this caretaker is prepared to take everyone with him.

Author Biography

Barry Callaghan is the well-known novelist, story writer, poet, and man of letters who has been included in every major Canadian anthology, and his fiction and poetry have been translated into seven languages. His acclaimed fiction titles are The Black Queen Stories, The Way the Angel Spreads Her Wings, When Things Get Worst, A Kiss Is Still a Kiss, Between Trains, Beside Still Waters, and All the Lonely People. His acclaimed nonfiction titles are Barrelhouse Kings, Raise You Five, Raise You Ten, and Raise You On the River.

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