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T.M. McNally
Almost Home

Original Airdate: August 5, 1998


About the Author

T. M. McNally is the author of five other works of fiction: the novels "Until Your Heart Stops," a New York Times Notable Book, "Almost Home," a St. Louis Post-Dispatch Best Book of the Year, "The Goat Bridge," a Booklist Editors' Choice for 2005, and two prize-winning collections, "Low Flying Aircraft," a Flannery O'Connor Award winner, and "Quick." His stories have appeared in venues such as Conjunctions, DoubleTake, Yale Review, Southwest Review and Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards. The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Howard Foundation at Brown University, he teaches in the Creative Writing program at Arizona State University.


About this Book

Patrick, his sister and his mother have come to Paradise Valley, Arizona, in the bitter aftermath of his father's suicide. As his mother turns to alcohol for solace and his sister finds companionship in the town's wild crowd, Patrick spends lonely days in school and works the graveyard shift at a local gas station. His isolation ends with the arrival of Elizabeth, a talented musician with family problems of her own. The depth of their feelings emerges when a drug-dealing co-worker involves Patrick in a scheme that not only tests his courage but his loyalty — to his family, to the memory of his father and to Elizabeth.


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