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.
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.