The Hardest Christmas Ever and Other Stories

Patrick O’Flaherty

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ISBN: 9781897426869

The Hardest Christmas Ever and Other Stories

  Author:   Patrick O’Flaherty    
  Publisher:  Pottersfield Press

Christmas is often an emotional time for many and Patrick O?Flaherty offers a most unique story about a Newfoundland fisherman trying his best to make it through a tough time. The novella-length lead story follows a Newfoundland fisherman on Christmas Eve as he begins his day.

The stories in this uniquely Newfoundland collection will jog the brain, lift the spirit, and touch the heart. In “Stuck on Ophelia,” a political science student idly enters an introductory English class in pursuit of a girl and in “The Gift,” a novice in the grim business of door-to-door campaigning comes to a startling realization. “The Visit” recreates an incident in the pre-Confederation Newfoundland outport when a family receives a relative who has lived away for many years. A boy, acting by inherited instinct, saves the lives of three men in ?The Crossing.” “The Inside Track” presents a university president as he receives a series of applicants for one of the hotly contested top positions at the institution. In “The Hawker,” Edwin Pratt walks along a Newfoundland coastline selling bottles of Universal Lung Healer to consumptives, and rounding out the collection is “The Uses of Literature,” an unlikely tale of one man?s most inventive use of a ballpoint pen.

Details and Specs
ISBN associated with this title:9781897426869
Item PC0253
PublisherPottersfield Press
Published onJuly 18 2016
Language eng
Pages 128
Format Paperback
Dimensions8.5(in) x 5.5(in)
Shipping weight217(g)
Status ACTIVE TITLE
Award winning Newfoundland author Patrick O?Flaherty has published fifteen books. His memoir, Paddy Boy, was published by Pottersfield in 2015. He lives in St. John?s.