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Every time you let your guard down, he stuns you with a hard shot. Luminous. --Luis Alberto Urrea, author of The Devil's Highway and The Hummingbird's Daughter

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The Patron Saint of Dreams is the distillation of years of writing, a labor equally of the mind and the heart. For me an essay is always a quest for discovery. The process of writing the essay reveals what it is about, and the track made by that process, the artifact of that discovery, is the finished essay. All these essays are stories infused with questions and ideas. My fondest hope is that you, the reader, will enjoy them and that they will provoke in you that same excitement of discovery that I felt as they unfolded onto the page. Good reading!
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Hub City Press (March 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1891885898
  • ISBN-13: 978-1891885891
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,576,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By David Colbert on March 21, 2012
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Yeah, he really is as good as the other reviews say. The substance of each story would be enough to keep anyone turning the pages. Add to that a guy who apparently can't write a bad sentence, and you have one of the most satisfying books I've read in a long time.
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In a well-known poem, Robert Frost once depicted humans as standing on a shore looking out to sea, unable to perceive much about their world. Philip Gerard, however, writes from the North Carolina coast with an unusual gift for peering not only "out far," but also "in deep," a talent vividly displayed in his essay collection, The Patron Saint of Dreams.

Gerard's fans will probably have encountered some of these fifteen essays elsewhere, as most have appeared in various journals and anthologies. A prolific writer, he teaches in and chairs the creative writing department at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. In addition to three books on the art of the personal essay, he is the author of Brilliant Passage: A Schooning Memoir, Hatteras Light, Cape Fear Rising, Desert Kill, and Secret Soldiers.

The first essay, "What They Don't Tell You About Hurricanes," illustrates the very best of creative nonfiction technique, combining lyrical language, repetition, impeccable rhythms, and ironic word play. A resident of Wilmington, Gerard chronicles his experience hunkering down as the capricious fury of Hurricane Fran batters the coast. Another piece relates the bonding of neighbors as they clean up and rebuild after the storm, revealing the indomitable spirit of the community in the face of loss and heartbreak.

The full review, by Donna Meredith, author of The Color of Lies and The Glass Madonna, is posted on the Southern Literary Review website, a free online magazine.
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Gerard has taken his journalism background, and all the clarity, conciseness, and facts from it, into delightful story telling. He engages the reader quickly and allows the emotion to be built into the story with real life events, and without sentimental or whiny narrative.

He brings to the reader an interest to know more about Cape Fear, boating, and relationships. The stories are mostly brief, yet always enough to feel complete.

Gerard is a true storyteller. Enjoyable read.
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Phillip Gerard writes with such stunning clarity and perception that we see the world anew. There is nothing fancy here except uncompromising observation and penetrating honesty--which is special. Read this to savor each essay--not race to the end.
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