A collection of headlong tales by Oregon author Brian Doyle--exploring such riveting and peculiar topics as chess in the Levant, tailors who specialize in holes, how to report stigmata to your attending physician, the intense hilarity of basketball, how to have a bitter verbal marital fight in your car, an all-Chinese football team in Australia, soccer and Catholicism, what it's like to be in a ska band, a singing Korean baker, an archbishop who loses his faith between the salad and the entree, genius Girl Scouts who save a radio station, and a baby born from a lake in Illinois. And some other fascinating stories. Really. Trust us.
Brian Doyle is the editor of Portland Magazine at the University of Portland, in Oregon. He is the author of many books of essays, "proems," and fiction, among them Bin Laden's Bald Spot (Red Hen Press, 2011). Among honors for his work are the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts & Letters and the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award.
"Delightful. . . . A nimble and very funny collection of stories from a writer who clearly values the human condition in all its myriad forms."
"VERDICT Solid and enjoyable reading for those who want well-crafted stories about everyday life."
"The Mighty Currawongs . . . roams broadly in subject matter, but always offers joyful, whimsical wordplay and an abiding love for life's absurd and profound moments[Doyle's] gift for finding the sublime in even the small and dirty details is alive and gleaming in this short story collection."