These Precious Hours is a collection of related and interconnected stories concerning loss and recovery. At the end, many of the characters meet.
Declan Mulligan has lost a wife and visits Ireland to connect with a remote past. Dexter Flanagan has lost a beautiful woman to another, but writes a great love song. After a personal tragedy, Sean Dineen joins his ailing ex-wife to see the wedding of their son in Paraguay.
About the author: Michael Corrigan holds an MA in English from San Francisco State and attended the American Film Institute. He worked with several theatre artists, including Sam Shepard and Peter Coyote, and was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize for his story, "Free Fall". Idaho State University Press published his grief memoir, A Year and a Day, dedicated to his late wife, Karen. These Precious Hours is his fifth book.
“Michael Corrigan has created a moving story collection about loss, grief, and recovery…Narrator Alex Hyde-White changes locale, accent, and personality in an instant as he moves from an Idaho Shoshone reservation invaded by Mexican gangs to a Gettysburg battlefield where a relative who is a Civil War hero rests.” (AudioFile)
"Narrator Alex Hyde-White changes locale, accent, and personality in an instant as he moves from an Idaho Shoshone reservation invaded by Mexican gangs to a Gettysburg battlefield where a relative who is a Civil War hero rests." (AudioFile)
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Memorable collection of connected stories
Yes. The reading is effective, and the stories about loss and recovery have a poignant resonance. Of course, they are speical to me since I created them.
I like them all, but my favorite is the first, "These Precious Hours," which gives the book it's title. It captures Galway, Ireland, and the grief of someone on the road coming to terms with loss in a musical, colorful setting. "The Wife and the Monk" is a unique story, unlike anything I have written before.
I have seen him in films. He gives a straightforward but evocative reading that lets the characters breathe and allows the stories to carry themselves, working on the imagination of the listener. I don't think a narrator should "act" when doing an audiobook. Alex Hyde-White suggets the characters.
I could have.
It is, if I may say so, a fine combination of evocative stories, often lyrical prose, and a thoughful, understated but effective reader.
- Michael Corrigan