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published: April 2011
ISBN:9781551119953
publisher: Freehand Books

Not Anyone's Anything

by Ian Williams

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short stories (single author), literary
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list price: $21.95
edition:Paperback
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category: Fiction
published: April 2011
ISBN:9781551119953
publisher: Freehand Books
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Ian Williams's Not Anyone's Anything is a trio of trios: three sets of three stories, with three of those stories further divided into thirds. Mathematical, musical, and meticulously crafted, these stories play profoundly with form, and feature embedded flash cards and musical notations, literal basements, and dual narratives, semi-detached. Roaming through Toronto and its surrounding suburbia, Williams's characters wittily and wryly draw attention to the angst and anxieties associated with being somewhere between adolescence and more-than-that. They are disastrously ambitious, performing amateur surgery or perfecting Chopin; they are restless and bored, breaking into units of new subdivisions hoping for a score; they continually test the ones they love, and, though every time feels like the last time, they might be up for one more game.

About the Author

Ian Williams completed his PhD in English at the University of Toronto and is currently a professor of American Literature at Fitchburg State University in Massachusetts. Williams has held fellowships or residencies at Vermont Studio Center, Cave Canem, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and Palazzo Rinaldi in Italy. He was also a scholar at the National Humanities Center Summer Institute for Literary Study. His book of poems, You Know Who You Are, was published by Wolsak and Wynn in 2010 and his book of short fiction, Not Anyone's Anything, was published by Freehand Books in 2011.

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Awards
  • Winner, Danuta Gleed Award
Editorial Review

"In these nuanced, restless stories, Williams subverts our conventional expectations of narrative. Minutely observed, his characters' disconsolate lives swerve off one another, as they again and again attempt to connect. And yet this oblique, intense approach to story and character profoundly captures the real. Not Anyone's Anything discloses a radical new voice in Canadian fiction." - Rhea Tregebov

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