Things As They Are  -     By: Paul Horgan
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Things As They Are

Loyola Press / 2006 / Paperback

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The acclaimed American writer Paul Horgan tells a classic coming-of-age-tale in this poignant story of a young Catholic boy growing up in early twentieth century New York. Young Richard lives in a comforting world of dreams and illusions. He travels the painful journey all of us have traveled - from the unavoidable, innocent illusions of childhood to the harsh beauty of loss, forgiveness, and hope. It's a journey to understanding things as they are. Paperback.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: Loyola Press
Publication Date: 2006
Dimensions: 7 X 5 (inches)
ISBN: 082942332X
ISBN-13: 9780829423327
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"Mr. Horgan manages . . . to make the morning of life as pristine as the dawn of creation itself."—New York Times

"A work of rare beauty . . . has a lyrical quality that is rare today."—Best Sellers

"Mr. Horgan writes as a poet and as the biographer of us all." —Book Week

Richard is a young boy growing up in turn-of-the-century upstate New York, sheltered in a loving Catholic family. His happy world consists largely of illusions. These are shattered as Richard learns about "things as they are"—a remorseless succession of encounters with the casual brutality of schoolboys, the faithlessness of adults, the silence of God, and the cruelty in his own heart. Yet Paul Horgan finds courage and beauty in the ruins of Richard’s dream world. Hope is also part of "things as they are," and Horgan’s subtle, powerful vision makes this classic tale of lost innocence a novel that resonates deeply in the soul.

Author Bio

Paul Horgan (1903–1995), an American historian and novelist, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for history twice: in 1955 for Great River: The Rio Grande in North American History and in 1975 for Lamy of Santa Fe, a biography of the first bishop of New Mexico.

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