In this short novella, Gabriel enters confession for the first time in 50 years and tells the priest he has only three sins, all sins of the flesh, all tales that move between his hippie youth with the three women (1970s) and their autumn years in the present. The confession doesn’t end in a return to the faith, but it does help Gabriel frame the meaning of love and life as he reflects back on the three relationships that ended up shaping the contours of his entire life. Adult language.
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Shortlisted for the William Faulkner-Wisdom Prize
"A life story ... three sins of the flesh ... all of them unique, touching, funny, and remarkably real."
John Allen Stevenson, Professor of English and author of The Real History of Tom Jones and The British Novel: Defoe to Austen
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With an MA from UT-Austin and a Ph.D. from CU-Boulder, I've taught writing and literature at several universities, and have published children’s and scholarly books, literary criticism, novels, and poetry. I've hitchhiked through 35 states and 16 countries, run two marathons, and once, due to a series of misadventures, spent six months as the chef at a French restaurant.
I believe that happiness comes from simplicity of lifestyle and richness of human contact, not from purchasing power or leverage over others.
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