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The Patron Saint of Dreams Paperback – March 1, 2012
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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.
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.