The Resource I saw three ships : West End stories, Bill Richardson

I saw three ships : West End stories, Bill Richardson

Label
I saw three ships : West End stories
Title
I saw three ships
Title remainder
West End stories
Statement of responsibility
Bill Richardson
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
From one of Canada's most beloved radio personalities comes this delightful collection set around Christmastime in Vancouver's beloved West End neighbourhood. The eight linked stories in Bill Richardson's I Saw Three Ships take their direction from the seasonal tug-of-war between expectation and disappointment that occurs as the light deepens. The pieces, all irresistibly funny, give shelter to characters whose experiences of transcendence leave them more alienated than consoled. Rosellen, forced to move because her building is slated for demolition, has her last meeting with J.C., the ghost who's entertained (and sometimes tormented) her for the last forty years. Frances, undergoing chemotherapy, discovers a gorgeous wig that might be made from the hair sold by Della in O. Henry's ironic short story "The Gift of the Magi." Bonnie, writing to Peter Gzowski to apprise him of the death of her mother, Gzowski's biggest fan, settles on the best way to disperse her mother's ashes. On Christmas Eve, a man whose name happens to be Leonard Cohen becomes the unwitting plaything of Saint Zita of Lucca and walks through Vancouver's snowy Downtown neighbourhood wearing a wedding gown. These are quirky stories, sometimes twisted, sometimes tender, intended for anyone who's ever been stuck with their wheels spinning at the corner of Pagan and Holy. The stories are about secular people who undergo epiphanic moments of revelation or transcendence, experiences for which faith offers a custom-built cabinet with lots of tidy drawers, but that leave the religiously unpersuaded feeling like the fuselage has depressurized and they're gasping for breath, praying to forces unnamed for the mask to fall
Cataloging source
NLC
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1955-
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Richardson, Bill
Dewey number
C813/.54
Index
no index present
Literary form
novels
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Transcendence (Philosophy)
  • Epiphanies
  • Faith
  • West End (Vancouver, B.C.)
Label
I saw three ships : West End stories, Bill Richardson
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
247 pages
Isbn
9781772012330
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • on1084333425
  • (OCoLC)1084333425
Label
I saw three ships : West End stories, Bill Richardson
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
247 pages
Isbn
9781772012330
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • on1084333425
  • (OCoLC)1084333425

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