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Fiction Short Stories (single Author)

Lovers & Other Strangers

by (author) Carol Malyon

Porcupine's Quill
Initial publish date
Mar 1996
Short Stories (single author), Canadian
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    Mar 1996
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Carol Malyon writes of women's lives, of their relationships with lovers, mothers, children, other women. She explores the relationships between memory and truth. Lovers & Other Strangers consists of small stories, snapshots of women's lives in specific times and situations. The setting and characters vary but the theme remains fixed: that there is a fundamental and irreconcilable discord between men and women, in their view of the world, their modes of communication, the way they view themselves, the way they view others.

Carol Malyon's stories are nearly all unconventionally brief and intense in feeling. They are essentially a poet's stories but they most definitely are not that revolting hybrid 'prose-poetry'. This writing is hard, direct, forceful. She is among those writers who are forcing us to reconsider the nature and form of the short story in Canada.

The stories are often prickly. They illuminate, but illuminate darkly. Malyon gazes down into the emotional chasm which seems to seperate men and women, parents and children, and the images she brings to the surface are not quite like anything you've read before ... though you recognize them and know they're true. Perhaps the only Canadian stories at all comparable are those of Carol Shields in Various Miracles and The Orange Fish.

About the author

Carol Malyon
Carol Malyon is the author of four novels, a collection of short fiction and several books of poetry. Her first short story collection, The Edge of the World (1991) was short-listed for the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize for Best First Book of Fiction, and her novel If I Knew I’d Tell You (1995) was short-listed for the SmithBooks / Books in Canada First Novel Award.

bill bissett
bill bissett’s charged readings, which never fail to amaze his audiences, incorporate sound poetry, chanting and singing, the verve of which is only matched by his prolific writing career?over 70 books of bissett’s poetry have been published. Whether paying tribute to his hometown lunaria or exercising his native tongue dissent, bissett continues to dance upon the cutting edge of poetics and performance works.

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Editorial Reviews

'Carol Malyon's short stories burst with energy and her non-stop pace captivates the reader.'

Ottawa Citizen

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