The Saint I Ain’t: Stories from Sycamore Street
the saint i ain’t
with the nuns who taught
and tyrannized us
at saint agnes school,
went downhill from day one
of first grade.
Sinners, saints and saviors collide in Bobby Johnston’s stories, which chronicle the savagery and poetry of oppressive Catholic upbringing in 1970s Rust-Belt America. Johnston weaves landscapes of transgression and absolution, humor and resilience into his sharp-eyed tapestry of recall.
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About the Author
Bobby Johnston is a Los Angeles based film composer and multi-instrumentalist. “The Saint I Ain’t: Stories from Sycamore Street” is his first book.