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The End of Me

by John Gould

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publisher: Freehand Books
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56 very short stories about death from Giller Prize finalist John Gould

The End of Me is an astonishing set of sudden stories about 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 mystery of their finite being. A marooned astronaut bonds with a bereft cat; kids pelt a funeral procession with plums; 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 shimmers with 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. His fiction has been published in periodicals across Canada and abroad, and adapted for film. A teacher, editor and arts administrator, he served on the editorial board of the Malahat Review and taught creative writing at the University of Victoria.

Editorial Review

"John Gould's skill with the short form is miraculous in the way of bonsai, the grand made to bloom within the small. And who knew death could be so wise, invigorating, playful — so richly alive?" -- Bill Gaston, author of Just Let Me Look at You

"Smart and funny, filled with deep affection, regret, love, and sorrow... I was ambushed by these stories, taken places I never expected to go. In the end, I lost count of the times I shook my head at the sheer pleasure of reading this marvellous book." -- Eve Joseph, winner of the Griffin Prize for Quarrels

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