"The short story seduces and provokes infidelity. You will be untrue to the four walls of your room, the weather outside, the city or field, supper bubbling on the stove. You will give up everything—the armchair, your lover, your children—and step through, briefly but absolutely gone."—from the Introduction by Lisa Moore
Master short story writer and novelist Lisa Moore brings her talents to The Penguin Book of Contemporary Canadian Women's Short Stories, an enthralling and irresistible collection of twenty-two established writers and talented new voices who attest to the richness and continued popularity of the short story.
Featuring writings that span the last two decades of the twentieth century and those of the present—described by Moore as capturing "the buzzing paranoia of post-9/11 … the white noise of the information age …dislocation, bomb scares, sexual freedom, aberration, fractured identities, nakedness, awakenings of every sort, redemption, and love"—this volume includes pieces by the best storytellers, among them "Wenlock Edge"by Alice Munro, "Spring Song of the Frogs"by Margaret Atwood, "Chemistry"by Carol Shields, "The Concert Party"by Mavis Gallant, and "Italian Postcards"by Jane Urquhart. The collection also presents wonderful stories by Jacqueline Baker, Bonnie Burnard, Lynn Coady, Camilla Gibb, Eden Robinson, and Madeleine Thien.
"Sometimes I found myself reading the stories here for a second, third, or fifth time, determined to discover how they worked, but at the very last minute, I always fell in. The stories were like swimming pools, and just when I leaned in close enough, I'd lose my balance, be fully submerged."—from the Introduction by Lisa Moore
Authors featured: Margaret Atwood