Second book for author
Gift giving a central theme of Hubert Furey’s latest collection of short stories
Gift giving a central theme of Hubert Furey’s latest collection of short stories.
A few years back, Hubert Furey’s actor friend John Ryan performed a recitation at the Masonic Temple in St. John’s. It was a piece Furey wrote, and the actor gave his friend full credit as the audience applauded.
A talent agent happened to be in the audience and told Furey she wanted to work with him. The connection gave the Conception Harbour native a chance to record CDs of his recitations and perform them live.
Last year, Flanker Press released his first book, “As the Old Folks Would Say,” which compiled short stories and recitations Furey wrote over the course of a few years. That book is now in its fourth printing, and the former school board superintendent is back this year with a new collection of short stories with a seasonal flavour.
“The Most Perfect Gift” is getting released two months away from the Christmas holidays. As the title would imply, gift giving plays an important role in all four of the short stories contained in the book.
“I kind of dabbled in it,” Furey said of his writing, which really got rolling once he retired from work in 1991. “I never expected to publish books. Where I write is down below in the basement. It’s the same way as somebody who is going to be playing a game of golf. You go down and write and you enjoy it.”
His wife Eleanor also encouraged Furey to share his writing with the public. The author was pleased with the public reception for his first book.
“I never really intended to publish. In fact, even with the recitations, I never intended to really perform them either.”
Stories from his new book delve into the deeper meaning of gifts, such as the emotions they evoke, Furey said. The gifts in the stories are also not necessarily physical in all cases.
“The first story (‘A Very Blue Christmas’) does feature a gift as a ring, but the ring is highly symbolic to the woman receiving it, because it sort of symbolizes everything her dead husband represented and that kind of thing,” he said.
Other stories in the book touch upon tragedy, love, forgiveness and the ability for people to change.
Beyond his most recent book, Furey is doing some revisions on a novel he wrote a few years ago. There is also talk of putting together a collection of recitations related to the Christmas season.
“Since I’ve got involved with Flanker Press, they’ve said they want to see everything I’ve written,” he said.
Hubert Furey is surprised he’s become a published author.