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James Leo Herlihy

A Story That Ends with a Scream: And Eight Others

A Story That Ends with a Scream: And Eight Others

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The author of Midnight Cowboy delivers a short story collection about the yearnings of those who live on the margins: "Herlihy writes with an edge of iron" (Nelson Algren).

In his second collection of short stories, James Leo Herlihy explores a landscape at the fringes of society. Drawn with his signature humor and deft dialogue, Herlihy's characters search for the fragments of meaning that have gone missing from their lives.

In the titular story, Mary Ellen McClure's unfulfilled, trailer park life is driven to the breaking point when she suspects her husband of having an affair. But when a Ouija board gives her the message that she will have an affair of her own, Mary Ellen becomes enamored with the fantasy--and resolves to go looking for her mysterious lover.

Other stories tell of Consilada Rector, who can't get people to believe in the leprechaun that presides over her husband's bar; Mrs. Dorothy Fitzpatrick, who records the existence of a ghostly mail delivery truck; and a dying man who comes to stay with a mother and her blessed son William.

Author: James Leo Herlihy
Publisher: RosettaBooks
Published: 04/17/2018
Pages: 157
Weight: 0.50lbs
Size: 8.50h x 5.50w x 0.40d
ISBN: 9780795351396

About the Author
James Leo Herlihy was born in 1927 in Detroit, Michigan to a working-class family. After serving in World War II, Herlihy studied art, literature, and music at Black Mountain College in North Carolina, whose faculty had boasted such luminaries as William De Kooning and John Cage. After a professor told Herlihy that he had no future as a writer, the disillusioned Herlihy turned his attention to theater, where he met with considerable success and found acting roles in more than fifty plays over the span of several years. But Herlihy continued writing fiction despite the discouragement he had received and in 1960 he published All Fall Down, a largely critically acclaimed work which was later adapted for film. In 1965 he published Midnight Cowboy, which cemented his reputation as a serious writer. After the success of Midnight Cowboy, Herlihy retreated from the public eye and turned his attention to teaching. He took creative writing posts at the City College of New York, the University of Arkansas, and the University of Southern California. Herlihy died in Los Angeles in 1993 from an overdose of sleeping medication.
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