Canticles of an Aging Creole (Hardcover)

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Nearly fifty-nine-years-old, Henry Arbuthnot deeply mourns the death of his French Creole mother, Mathilde. On Good Friday, Henry manages to shower and ready himself for work, even though his mother's overbearing voice haunts him all the while. With his daily cup of coffee for Clancy, he boards and greets the streetcar driver, his old friend and son of the family's maid. Struggling with grief, guilt, and bitterness, Henry rides the streetcar down the streets of New Orleans and the avenues of his life.

He seeks a retrospective on his family's life and questions his relatives and acquaintances for their recollections. Through this reflection he hopes to understand his mother's stubborn obstruction of his desire to join the priesthood.

His mother bludgeons, connives, and steals his faith-even taking a train to Georgetown University to admonish the priest and guidance counselor to keep the church away from her son. All Mathilde wants is for Henry to be a normal boy who plays sports and has girlfriends from proper society. But as his Aunt Eugenie says, "Henry is special." In the end, Henry must try to both salvage his faith and make peace with his mother's ghost.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781450246620
ISBN-10: 1450246621
Publisher: iUniverse
Publication Date: August 4th, 2010
Pages: 484
Language: English