“Gibson led readers into her world, which could be full of fear and sharp edges but was also intense and thrilling, a foreign place where the familiar glimmered and fractured, strangely beautifully under her talent.” — Toronto Star
From the moment she burst onto the Canadian literary scene with her instantly acclaimed debut book of stories, The Butterfly Ward (1976), Margaret Gibson proved herself to be “a writer of burning intensity and rare vision, an accomplished explorer of hidden caves of the mind” (Globe and Mail). In her five collections and award-winning novel, Opium Dreams, Gibson mapped a unique fictional world, one frequently populated by characters who — though they may be damaged, marginalized, or mentally ill — nevertheless remained intensely, and rivetingly, human.
Published posthumously, Dark Angel is Margaret Gibson’s definitive literary testament. Drawn from her entire body of work, this volume contains both published and some recently discovered unpublished stories, as well as an introduction by well-known fiction writer Lisa Moore. Unflinchingly honest, emotionally raw, luminous, this is writing consistently poised on the sharp edge of what it means to be alive.
This beautifully designed collection of Margaret Gibson’s fiction, some of which has been long unavailable, will introduce new readers to the work of one of Canada’s most strikingly original writers, and will give her existing followers an opportunity to own the work of one of their admired writers in a single handsome volume.
Margaret Gibson was the author of five books of short fiction, The Butterfly Ward, winner of the City of Toronto Book Award, Considering Her Condition, Sweet Poison, The Fear Room, and Desert Thirst. One of the stories from The Butterfly Ward, “Making It,” was made into the classic movie Outrageous. The story of her custody battle for her son was made into the TV movie For the Love of Aaron, as was her story “Ada.” Her novel, Opium Dreams, won the Chapters/Books in Canada First Novel Award in 1998. Gibson died in Toronto in February 2006.
“She writes with sharp beauty and ruthless insight, but, above all, with love.”
— Merilyn Simonds, Montreal Gazette