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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Press 53; First Edition edition (December 4, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977228320
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977228324
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,445,418 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sheehan skillfully eases readers into the lives of his characters. Barriers are broken and lessons learned... Highly recommended. -- Midwest Book Review, February 2006

About the Author

Tom Sheehan has been nominated for six Pushcart Prizes, the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for Memoirs, the Million Writer's Award for Fiction, the Zine Yearbook, and the E-2 Ink Project. His story "The Man Who Hid Music" won a Silver Rose Award for Excellence in the Art of the Short Story and was anthologized in Silver Rose Anthology: Award-Winning Short Stories 2001. He is a two-time winner of the Saugus.net Ghost Story Contest, was winner of Eastoftheweb's non-fiction competition (London) and has been Featured Writer in several publications, including Nuvein, Eclectica, New Works Review, and Tryst. He forever celebrates his family, his comrades, and his hometown of Saugus, MA.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Laurel Johnson on January 15, 2006
Format: Paperback
While reading this latest collection of Sheehan stories, I wondered if the title was a play on words. Epic Cures does feature stories involving cures for human failings and

desires. But "epicure" also applies because of his sensuous enjoyment of words. For certain, Tom Sheehan is a master craftsman of words.

In these 22 stories, Sheehan skillfully eases readers into the lives of his characters. Barriers are broken and lessons learned in true Sheehan style. His world of stories is one of small miracles and unexpected blessings, the wonders of dawning

sexuality and bird-broken silences, earthy humor and ironic revenge. In Sheehan's stories, "The impact of words often lasts well beyond the sound of them...The energy of them is sometimes indestructible." (From "Flesh of an Unwanted Fish") He allows his words to renovate houses and lives, to exact a fitting vengeance, to reprise love. In profound ways, Sheehan softens with the sweetness of life those hard knocks that often

leave humans reeling. He shines a light on humanity's raw edges and in that process of revelation allows us to experience "the marvelously imponderable things of life."

To illustrate my points, I've chosen one character from one story as a sample. Meet Duke, from "The Duke's Black Bag:"

"Drake Ulban Kincaid (Duke to all), forty two, looked like a bag of razor blades, tough as a bag of nails and for almost ten years running had been the Navy middleweight boxing champ. His face was a series of acute edges and angles...

The boxing leavings were permanent, but worn badge-like, and lifted his eyes. All first impressions made him, at once, serious and of keen interest.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Freeman T. Frank on July 31, 2006
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Tom Sheehan writes stories for us and about us. Epic Cures spans six decades, from Pearl Harbor to the dawn of our new century. It is comic, lyric, democratic; most of all it is insightful. Its pages brim with names, faces, nationalities of both genders and all ages: fisher-folk, carpenters, teachers, servicemen, truck drivers, card sharks, icemen, dairymen, plainclothesmen, cops on the beat, bankers, an undertaker, a child molester, a coalman, a blind man, and more.

Clearly, Sheehan wants us to be, as he is, well acquainted with them all. Saugus, Massachusetts--muscled, polyglot, blue-collar--is Sheehan's Winesburg, Tilbury Town, and Main Street. Populated by few out-and-out heroes, villains, or fools, they are people-people, who avoid extremism in politics and religion. Even their sex is mainstream, sometimes illicit, rarely kinky. The causes they champion are local athletic teams, armed-servicemen and, by God, Saugus itself. Some of them, and not all, know days of hard work, nights of carousing. No, they aren't all lovable--but read, and re-read, this little book--they are all well worth knowing. Fun, and deep.
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By Mauriac on December 30, 2008
Format: Paperback
I discovered Tom Sheehan's work online and promptly ordered Epic Cures. He is a great prose artist -- muscular writing, vivid characters, poetic phrase-making.
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