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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

As well as being accredited orchid judges, Tom and Marion Sheehan are both Honorary Life Members of the American Orchid Society. They have each served on various committees of the the A.O.S. as chairman and co-chairman and continue to do so. Together they have produced a bi-monthly column on orchid genera, which has been a popular feature of the "American Orchid Society Bulletin" for over 25 years.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Press 53 (December 4, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977228320
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977228324
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 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: #7,899,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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