August 2, 2013 | By Susan Toy |
A sample of "The Whirlabout" by J. Michael Fay, the second short story to be ePublished by IslandShorts, and imprint of IslandCatEditions.
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Passion By J. Michael Fay Published by an imprint of IslandCatEditions Minden, Bequia 1963 is a pivotal year for Dan James. Believing his destiny was set at the age of eleven when he stood next to his father's coffin, he enters the seminary at seventeen to become a priest. A well-read fellow seminarian and the world-shaking event later that year cause Dan to question his true passion in life. Passion is the next in Michael Fay’s series of long-form short stories, following The Whirlabout and The Healer. Along with Tenderness, all have been published by IslandShorts.
In 1957, Danny is struck down with rheumatic fever and discovers a strange and frightening world on the children’s ward of the hospital. During months of recuperation his powers of observation are heightened and ultimately the time spent alone teaches him not only about survival, but about becoming the “big boy” the nurses constantly urge him to be, as he learns to accept the inevitable tragedies of life that surround us all. The Healer is the third short story written by J. Michael Fay (also available: Tenderness and The Whirlabout), and the fourth in a series, published by IslandShorts.
Written with confidence and elegance, "That Last Summer" captures the magic of the summer of ’65 in this tale of love and loss of innocence. Set in cottage country, the lake is alive with boys and girls, skiing and romancing. Teen-aged Rachel constantly spars with her younger sister, but neither girl realizes the extent of life-changing problems that float below the surface for both a friend’s family and their own.
In southern Alberta during the hot, dry August of 1909, young cousins meet again after a lengthy separation of their families. Tenderness is the bittersweet story of Luke and Rachel as they come to terms with their losses through learning more of a shared heritage. Written in a style evoking the prairies of a century ago, J. Michael Fay's story unfolds with quiet and gentle grace and a reverence for the era, the setting and his characters. Tenderness by J. Michael Fay is the first short story to be ePublished by IslandShorts, and imprint of IslandCatEditions