Chicago Neighbors: A Year in Short Stories. By Fr. Clete Kiley. ISBN 978 109916876 5. $22.95
Chicago is often called a city of neighborhoods, and a city of immigrants. In this heart-warming collection of stories Fr. Kiley peels back the curtain for a look at real life among Chicago neighbors. In his words, Kiley says, " each story is an epiphany of the spirit and grace that abound all around us in our city every day. He adds, "many of the main characters in these stories are immigrants. My hope is that these stories will lift up the dignity and cultures and deep spiritualities of our immigrant neighbors. When we see each other more clearly we can change the ugly anti- immigrant rhetoric that seems so prevalent today, and see our neighbors for the beautiful people they are."
Meet some very interesting people. Meet their heritages. Watch them interact and push into promising futures of coincidence and cooperation. You will be richer for walking alongside these Chicago Neighbors. —John Shea, author of Seeing Haloes, (Liturgical Press)
“Clete Kiley has Chicago in his veins. It empowers his urban writing with character making his characters pop from the heart and memory. No disposable life here. All is sacred and worth savoring. In those little pieces, no matter how delicate or vulnerable, he’s one writer with the brains to see the pathways leading to the bigger picture. Profound respect for the cross cultures in which we live, lets him lift up a truer America. Alive. Engaged. And ready for what lies ahead.” —Thomas J. O’Gorman: Thomas J. O’Gorman is a writer and painter. The author of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Chicago, and a weekly cultural columnist at Skyline Productions.