Things as They Are
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Richard is a young boy growing up in turn-of-the-century upstate New York, sheltered in a loving Catholic family. His happy world consists largely of illusions. These are shattered as Richard learns about "œthings as they are"�-a remorseless succession of encounters with the casual brutality of schoolboys, the faithlessness of adults, the silence of God, and the cruelty in his own heart. Yet Paul Horgan finds courage and beauty in the ruins of Richard's dream world. Hope is also part of "œthings as they are,"� and Horgan's subtle, powerful vision makes this classic tale of lost innocence a novel that resonates deeply in the soul.