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Cast Upon the Day [Paperback]

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Meet the characters running round here, eleven of them, each at his busting point: Jack Lynch, Bill Gurb, Jazz Jastovic, Charlie Feuk, Mickey Jung, Thomas Brighton, Fin Finley. With irony and humor, their minds and lives are laid bare for us to follow as one goes mad from the music in his brain, another tears his house down onto his own head, another takes off from the IRS with a bagful of C notes. Enter these pages and join this wild melee. You might meet someone you know. You might even catch a glimpse of yourself.

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Pages   224
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.8" Width: 6" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   0.75 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 7, 2007
Publisher   Hopewell Publications
ISBN  1933435151  
ISBN13  9781933435152  

Availability  105 units.
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A Well-Wrought Collection  Dec 9, 2007
Thomas E. Kennedy's new collection shows his range as a short story writer. These stories--originally published in journals like Boulevard, Gettysburg Review, and New Letters--include break-downs in marriage, high-end tax evasion, corporate tales, and travel narratives.

The story "Years in Kaldar" alone, which received honorable mentions in both Pushcart and Best American Short Stories, is worth the cover price of the book.

Kennedy has had stories included in Pushcart and O.Henry anthologies and has won numerous awards. This collection should add to his already notable reputation.
This is a writer to watch  Sep 19, 2007
Maybe it was because I read the introduction. I never do that and it might have clouded my reading of Thomas E. Kennedy's new collection of short stories, Cast Upon the Day. I couldn't resist perusing Robert Gover's (author of On the Run with Dick and Jane) comments. According to Gover, Kennedy's collection contains "the soft gleam of the comical." I'm sure that did it; I didn't see anything remotely funny about any of the 11 main characters. Sad maybe; pathetic in some cases, but nothing comical.

Kennedy's stories left me unfilled and dissatisfied with each protagonist. And they all ran together. It was hard to discern one character from another. There is also the exorbitant number of pop culture references. I think my own memories of these things got in the way and clouded the stories' progression. Another thing that got in my way that each character is a man and seemed interchangeable until I got to the last three stories. There the plots solidified and snagged my ragtag interest. Structure wise, there is nothing discernibly wrong with Kennedy's work. Most of it merely failed to grab me.

"The Pleasure of a Man and Woman Together on Earth" was my second favorite story. For me, it had more depth and the characters were well drawn. My favorite story in the collection was the final story, "Fellow Travelers" that I felt, instead of merely reading. Finley is a marvelous composite of all divorced people who liked their ex-in-laws. The need to say a final good-bye long after we have said earlier good-byes was rich in language and sentiment.

Kennedy is an American writer now living in Denmark. Although Cast Upon the Day won't be on my top ten list come the end of the year, I see a literary voice that seems to whisper in my ear that there is more to this writer than this collection. I will be investigating more of his work.

Armchair Interview says: Watch for more from this author.
Cast Upon the Day is an eclectic collection that will not disappoint.  Aug 7, 2007
Author Thomas E. Kennedy presents a fresh medley of award-winning stories in Cast Upon the Day. Featuring an introduction by Robert Gover, the collected tales are "Years in Kaldar", "Small Gray Blues", "Gurb's Plunge", "A Cheerful Death", "South American Getaway", "Cast Upon the Day", "Communion", "The Splendor of Truth", "The Pleasure of Man and Woman Together on Earth", "Surprising Endings" and "Fellow Travelers". Presented with irony, wit, and side-splitting humor, the tales weave the life stories of protagonists going mad from music in the brain, tearing their own houses down on top of their heads, or escaping from the IRS with a sackful of ill-gotten gains. Gathered from a wide variety of short story contests and periodical publications, Cast Upon the Day is an eclectic collection that will not disappoint.

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