McGowan's Call by Rob Smith

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McGowan's Call is a collection of short stories and a novella that chronicles Davis' path from the river town of Hatteras, Ohio to the suburbs of Dayton. This work of fiction provides a rare insight to pastoral ministry outside the scandals that regularly make headlines. It is an honest exposé of the real crisis that afflicts those who live in the public eye. Here is what was said of McGowan's Call in Heartlands Magazine: "The stories take us through Davis McGowan's years of ministry and his struggles and rewards in dealing with parishioners' illnesses, aging, deaths, doubts, and even a homicide in the suspenseful novella "False Witness." One could compare the book to Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio collection of Midwest portraits from a small town; only these are contemporary tales. A wide variety of townsfolk are shown, but the focus is squarely on McGowan as he matures into his job."

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Born in Youngstown, Ohio and raised in the Cleveland area, Rob Smith has been writing poetry and prose for over forty years. As with many young writers, his creative efforts developed beneath the requirements of career. Nonetheless, he quietly persisted in creating a body of work representative of his imagination. In 2006, he entered his first poetry competition and was awarded the Robert Frost Poetry Award for the poem ??Catbird?? and published his first novel, Night Voices. Rob now has shifted his use of time by writing full-time, and teaching as an adjunct instructor at both Wright State and Bowling Green State Universities in Ohio. He and his wife, Nancy, now live on the north coast and sail the waters of Lake Erie in an old sloop that they are restoring. Rob holds a bachelor??s degree in religion and philosophy from Westminster College (Pa) and master and doctoral degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary. He is editor and publisher of Drinian Press (
Published April 1, 2007 by Drinian Press. 208 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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