The Temple Of Air, Patricia Ann McNair

Short Stories

The Temple Of Air

By Patricia Ann McNair

“Stunning Debut Collection”  


Chicago Writers Association Book of the Year Award
2012 Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award
Society of Midland Author Finalist


From the teenagers who witness a tragedy at a carnival to the twins who run the local ice cream parlor, each of the eleven linked stories in Patricia Ann McNair’s debut collection gives you a glimpse of life in the small town of New Hope.

The town’s residents navigate the world around them through faith and redemption, dreams and disappointments. Christy worries over her missing-in-action brother while baby-sitting a developmentally disabled teenager in “When Is A Door Not A Door?” After discovering a lump under his arm, Jim has to give the news to his wrongly-suspecting wife in “The Way It Really Went.” “Deer Story” considers two couples and the things that bring them together and those that push them apart. And throughout the collection, Nova, Sky, and Michael, the teen-aged witnesses in the opening story, “Something Like Faith,” move in and out of the lives of their fellow townspeople.




Binding: Paper
ISBN: 9780615434636
Pages: 178
Price: $16.00

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Patricia Ann McNair

Patricia Ann McNair has lived 98 percent of her life in the Midwest. She’s managed a gas station, sold pots and pans door-to-door, tended bar and breaded mushrooms, worked on the trading floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and taught aerobics. Today she is an associate professor in the Fiction Writing Department of Columbia College Chicago, and divides her time between city and small town with her husband, the visual artist Philip Hartigan.

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