Never Hug a Nun (Paperback)

By Kevin Killeen

Blank Slate Press, 9780985007102, 198pp.

Publication Date: December 1, 2012

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Kevin Killeen's debut novel, winner of a Silver Benjamin Franklin award from the Independent Book Publishers Association, is written with a keen sense of comic timing, and is a sweet, laugh-out-loud look at the innocence of childhood in the leafy Webster Groves suburbs of 1960s Saint Louis. From falling for a girl with no-good-for-sports stick arms and beautiful penmanship to jumping freight trains, smoking cigarettes, robbing the local Ben Franklin--and, in his spare time, trying to get to heaven--Patrick Cantwell is learning all about life at Mary Queen of Our Hearts parochial school. By the time Patrick graduates second grade he's practically a grown-up, complete with a broken heart, a police record, and memories of the Beatles at Busch Stadium.

About the Author

Kevin Killeen is the host of the regular morning feature A Whole 'nother Story on KMOX radio, where has been a reporter since 1995. He lives in St. Louis.

Praise For Never Hug a Nun

“How often does a radio guy make you think of Mark Twain? Kevin remembers what it was like to be a kid.”  —Bill McClellan, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“Kevin Killeen's utterly winning novel gives us the human comedy in full measure. Blessed with a genuine comic gift, Killeen manages to write with both hilarity and humanity. The book is a buoyant delight from beginning to end.”  —David Carkeet, author, The Full Catastrophe