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The End of Me

by John Gould

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list price: $22.95
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published: May 2020
ISBN:9781988298566
publisher: Freehand Books
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56 very short stories about death by Giller Prize finalist John Gould

The End of Me is an astonishing set of sudden stories that explores the experience of mortality. With an ear attuned to the uncanny and the ironic, John Gould catches his characters at moments of illumination as they encounter the dark mystery of their finite being. A marooned astronaut bonds with a bereft cat; kids get caught pelting a funeral procession with plums; a woman's dreams swarm with victims of the new age of extinction; a young girl ponders the brief brutality of her last life, and braces herself for the next one.

Rife with invention, with fresh ideas and arresting voices, this collection of flash fiction - funny, sad, absurd - draws from the imponderable a great compassion and vitality.

About the Author

John Gould is the author of two books of very short stories, most recently Kilter, which was a finalist for the Giller Prize and a Globe and Mail Best Book. His fiction has appeared in literary periodicals across the country and has been adapted for short films. He has written freelance non-fiction and has worked as an environmental researcher, tree planter, carpenter and arts administrator. He teaches in the writing department at the University of Victoria and serves on the editorial board of The Malahat Review.

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John Gould is the author of two previous collections of very short stories - including Kilter, a finalist for the Giller Prize and a Globe and Mail Best Book - and the novel Seven Good Reasons Not to Be Good, described by the Vancouver Sun as "a marvel of delicacy, depth and insight." His fiction has appeared in literary periodicals across the country, and been adapted for film. He lives in Victoria, where he taught in the Department of Writing at the University of Victoria and served on the editorial board of the Malahat Review.

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