Under This Mantle of Snow: and other stories by Harold GriffinUnder This Mantle of Snow: and other stories by Harold Griffin

Under This Mantle of Snow: and other stories

byHarold Griffin

Paperback | October 18, 2014

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This is Harold Griffin's second collection of short stories.  Most of the settings for these accounts are placed in the Montreal area or surroundings, with many of the characters of Irish ancestry. The first narration, "Under This Mantle of Snow", is told from the point of view of a 12-year-old boy from a rural community west of Montreal. He recounts the occurrences in a "typical" school day, the happenings dominated by the dynamic behaviour of a close friend and schoolmate. In two of the other tales, the character Alphonsus is recalled from Griffin's previous short story collection, “fragile boys, fragile men,” continuing to express his political whims and social misadventures. The remaining  stories deal with the day-to-day events of a cast of characters with their own obsessions, dreams, and experiences.
Harold Griffin lives with his wife, Helen, in Vaudreuil-Dorion, Quebec. They are both retired teachers and the parents of four children and grandparents of twelve. As younger people they both performed as singers at Irish pubs in Montreal, something that their sons do at the present time. Thus, the references to the Irish scene of Mont...
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Title:Under This Mantle of Snow: and other storiesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:291 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.5 inPublished:October 18, 2014Publisher:Borealis Press LtdLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0888875614

ISBN - 13:9780888875617

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“Griffin's prose is eminently readable: the dialogue is familiar and entertaining, especially when he touches on the omnipresent subject of linguistic relations in Quebec.” - Nelson Peters, Quebec Chronicle Telegraph.“Griffin excels at characterization as he enters the minds of his subjects and shares their thoughts with us.” - Anne Forrest, Editor, Nuacht (Montreal).“Harold Griffin is emerging as a worthy successor to (Marianne) O'Gallagher's work as a chronicler of the Quebec Irish” - Boston Irish Tourist Association magazine."Authentic. A great job of blending the recent past with the present."    - Joseph Lonergan, Irish Heritage Quebec.