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The Resource The Business of Naming Things

The Business of Naming Things

Label
The Business of Naming Things
Title
The Business of Naming Things
Statement of responsibility
Michael Coffey
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Language
eng
Summary
“Riveting . . . vibrant and unsparing.” —Publishers Weekly (starred and boxed review) “Superb. . . . Startlingly original.” —Library Journal (starred review) “Once I started reading these stories, I couldn’t stop. They absorbed me thoroughly, with their taut narratives and evocative language—the language of a poet.” —JAY PARINI, author of Jesus: The Human Face of God and The Last Station “Sherwood Anderson would recognize this world of lonely, longing characters, whose surface lives Coffey tenderly plumbs. These beautiful stories—spare, rich, wise and compelling—go to the heart.” —FREDERIC TUTEN, author of Self Portraits: Fictions and Tintin in the New World “Whether [Coffey is] writing about a sinning priest or a man who’s made a career out of branding or about himself, we can smell Coffey’s protagonists and feel their breath on our cheek. Like Chekhov, he must be a notebook writer; how else to explain the strange quirks and the perfect but unaccountable details that animate these intimate portraits?” —EDMUND WHITE, author of Inside a Pearl and A Boy’s Own Story Among these eight stories, a fan of writer (and fellow adoptee) Harold Brodkey gains an audience with him at his life’s end, two pals take a Joycean sojourn, a man whose business is naming things meets a woman who may not be what she seems, and a father discovers his son is a suspect in an assassination attempt on the president. In each tale, Michael Coffey’s exquisite attention to character underlies the brutally honest perspectives of his disenchanted fathers, damaged sons, and orphans left feeling perpetually disconnected. Michael Coffey is the author of three books of poems and 27 Men Out, a book about baseball’s perfect games. He also co-edited The Irish in America, a book about Irish immigration to America, which was a companion volume to a PBS documentary series. He divides his time between Manhattan and Bolton Landing, New York. The Business of Naming Things is his first work of fiction
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"Among these eight stories, a fan of writer (and fellow adoptee) Harold Brodkey gains an audience with him at his life's end; two pals take a Joycean sojourn; a man in the business of naming things meets a woman who may not be what she seems; a father discovers his son is suspected in an assassination attempt on the President. In each tale, Coffey's exquisite attention to character and nuance underlies the brutally honest perspectives of his disenchanted fathers, damaged sons, and orphans left feeling perpetually disconnected"--
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Writing style
Character
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10395358
Cataloging source
DLC
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1954-
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Michael Coffey
Dewey number
813.54
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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True
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Fiction / Short Stories
Target audience
adult
Label
The Business of Naming Things
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Publication
Control code
ODILO:034300009231
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781934137871
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
The Business of Naming Things
Publication
Control code
ODILO:034300009231
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781934137871
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk

Library Locations

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