Maggie Kast

Maggie Kast is the author of The Crack Between the Worlds: A Dancer’s Memoir of Loss, Faith and Family. Her stories have appeared in The Sun, Nimrod, Rosebud and others and essays in America, Writers Chronicle, Image and elsewhere.. She’s currently at work on a novel, I Never Knew You Had a Girl, excerpts of which have been published in anthologies on eating and sleeping from Red Claw Press. Her essay, “Symbols: Forest of Ambiguity,” is available in the online magazine, Numero Cinq, at http://numerocinqmagazine.com/2013/02/01/symbols-forest-of-ambiguity-maggie-kast/, and a flash non-fiction piece, "Ghost Alive," is at http://www.defunctmag.com/

Book Reviews by Maggie Kast

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The Last Gentleman

Will Barrett, the last gentleman of the title, is a twenty-five year old orphan, originally from the South but living in New York. Will is a “watcher, a listener and a wanderer” and suffers from a nervous condition, including spells of amnesia, experiences of déjà vu and fugue states that leave gaps in time. Delusions of “ravening particles” haunt those gaps. Like the moviegoer of Percy’s first novel, Binx Bollings, Will needs a medium to get in touch with the world. He buys a telescope with the last of his money and uses it to “recover” things and make them &ldquo...

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Paridise News

There is nothing like a package tour to transform a random cast of characters into a jostling, interactive community, especially when their journey will take them from a gray and chilly England to tropical Hawaii.

Protagonist Bernard Walsh, a former priest and avowed agnostic, is traveling with the group for the cheap airfare, but is actually accompanying his reluctant and aged father on a final visit to Bernard’s estranged Aunt Ursula, who is dying of cancer. Lodge’s narrator introduces this cast from a distance with tidbits of observation as they assemble at Heathrow: a video camera, a pastel jog...

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The Second Coming

The Second Coming takes place in 20th-century North Carolina, a few states away from Percy’s birthplace in Alabama.  Like The Moviegoer, Percy’s first novel, this book is driven by a search for life’s meaning, but the obstacles in The Second Coming are darker and bound more closely to southern culture. Some of the book’s terms and premises may be alien to today’s readers. We need to know that a “covite” is someone who lives in a cove, with an implication of lower class standing. “Plagniol” is a high grade olive oil. The &ldq...

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