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Mother of Sorrows Paperback – June 6, 2006
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For his work, Richard McCann has received grants and awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Christopher Isherwood Foundation, the Fulbright Foundation, Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, on whose Board of Trustees he served from 2000-2008. He earned his MA in Creative Writing and Modern Literature from Hollins University and his Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Iowa, where he was a Rockefeller Fellow. He grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland, and he has lived in numerous places, including Sweden, Germany, and Spain. He now lives in Washington, DC, where he teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at American University. He also serves the Board of Directors of the PEN Faulkner Foundation and is a Member of the Corporation of Yaddo.
Top Customer Reviews
Other passages-- or stories-- ring true as well. The narrator, like so many of us in the 1980's and 1990's, has attended far too many "gay" funerals.Read more ›
Mother of Sorrows actually feels more like a memoir than a work a fiction, a trait that many authors strive for all their lives. The young narrator will grow and change from his childhood as will his family. Both he and his brother will turn out to be gay, but will perceive that identity differently. Family members will die, some will be replaced - but the moments described here are relevant and create a narrator that almost any reader can invest in and care about.
Though I finished this book months ago, I've reread the chapter, "The Diarist" numerous times. It's the perfect example of McCann's talent to capture little slices of Americana, then dissect and gut them and make a very specific moment in a character's life feel universal. The narrator, his older brother and their father go on a camping trip - something the youngest son dreads.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderfully written with a deep insight into the heart and mind that many authors can not put into words.Published 14 months ago by Stacie Arpey
This is a book i need to read over and over again because on a first read, i was too overwhelmed with emotion to get a good look at its subtle artistry. Read morePublished on October 1, 2013 by Vickie I. Fang
I liked the stories in this book they were sad but uplifting at the same time. Takes you back to a time when being different was much harder.Published on September 8, 2013 by Gizmo
Just a doozy of a book...McCann is a beautiful writer and the story, sad and funny, is told with great heart and humor.Published on August 24, 2013 by Barbara Iannoli
McCann has written a book of gripping emotion with characters in vivid color. Readers should know that this is the story of a young boy who does not fit the mold of boyhood, a... Read morePublished on June 27, 2013 by rick burke
I felt as if I could really imagine the characters. He has the rare ability to write with the frame of reference of the age of the speaker-a la Frank McCort. Read morePublished on February 17, 2010 by Rita
Richard McCann has created the most gorgeous work of art with this collection of interconnecting stories. Read morePublished on December 31, 2009 by Tom O'Leary
Richard McCann serves up a volume of inter-connected short stories that read like insightful memoir. Read morePublished on September 21, 2009 by Ennis Smith
A beautifull written series of stories of life. An excellent book.Published on January 11, 2007 by Sarah McE