Delving into the interior lives of an array of characters, this collection of short stories conveys the author's Texas roots with a New York twist, providing a look at Americana with humour and poignancy. These stories provide a rich collection of unforgettable characters - a New York bishop, artists, an aspiring novelist, the mother superior of a Catholic convent, a drug addict, a street drunk, and a pioneer blacksmith - the doomed and the blessed. Set mostly in New York City, this book provides acute portraits of contemporary culture.
Claude Stanush is the author of All Honest Men, The Balanced Rock, The Newton Boys, and The World in My Head and the co-screenwriter of The Newton Boys. He is a former Life magazine staffer, Hollywood correspondent, science writer, and religion editor, and the recipient of numerous awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the World Council of Churches. He lives in San Antonio, Texas.