By James Leo Herlihy

“His characters are exact. He has a feeling of position which he vividly conveys to the reader. specifically there's originality. Mr. Herlihy follows an encouraged culture of up to date American writing.” —Baltimore Sun

In his moment choice of brief tales, James Leo Herlihy explores a panorama of individuals dwelling at the fringes of ordinary society because the pleasures of way of life fade. women and men look for the lacking fragment of that means from their life with Herlihy’s signature humor and deft discussion.

In the titular tale, Mary Ellen McClure is trapped in a lifeless, unfulfilled existence in a trailer park, suspecting her husband of getting an affair. along with her neighbor Ivy, she dabbles with a Ouija board which spells out the identify Ezra and means that Mary Ellen could have an affair. She turns into enamored with the myth of this unknown man—at first falling deep into the escapism of the imagined affair, then resolving to discover him for genuine to avoid wasting her from her stale existence.

Herlihy’s different gothic stories inform of Consilada Rector, who can’t get humans to think within the leprechaun that presides over her husband’s bar; Mrs. Dorothy Fitzpatrick, who files of the life of a ghostly mail supply truck; and a death guy who involves stick with a mom and her blessed son William.

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