Summerside resident Tom Mahoney is an eighty-seven-year-old retired teacher. His first book, The Deer Yard and Other Stories, came together after years of writing stories. Mahoney’s son and daughters packaged them up in a single volume and published them independently.
A magical wintry day opens a journey into a boy’s life on a family farm in The Deer Yard and Other Stories, a collection of stories chock full of observations about growing up in a northern New Brunswick farming family in the years after the second world war. Funny and charming, the book’s pages are populated by hungry bears and wandering ghosts, arduous log drives, and bumpy trips to the woods in Model Ts.
Mahoney grew up on a small family farm in Johnville, New Brunswick. His active imagination was nourished by ghosts and demons, intrepid priests, drunken neighbours, redneck bullies, frightened deer, angry bears, wannabe circus dogs, and plenty of shenanigans. From these seeds great stories grew. Drawing on his own experiences and those of his family—his father was also a gifted storyteller—Tom’s humorous and touching tales, spanning decades, brim with colour and authenticity.
The Deer Yard and Other Stories is available at major online book retailers.