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The Sin-eater: A Breviary

The Sin-eater: A Breviary

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Argyle eased the warm loaf right and left

and downed swift gulps of beer and venial sin

then lit into the bread now leavened with

the corpse’s cardinal mischiefs, then he said

“Six pence, I’m sorry.” And the widow paid him.

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Thomas Lynch's stories, poems, and essays have appeared in Granta, The Atlantic, Harper’s , the Times (of London, New York, Ireland, and Los Angeles), and elsewhere. The Undertaking was a finalist for the National Book Award; he is also the author of Still Life in Milford, Booking Passage, Apparition & Late Fictions and Walking Papers . Lynch lives in Milford, Michigan, and West Clare, Ireland....more