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The Hour of Bad Decisions

by Russell Wangersky

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literary, short stories (single author)
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list price: $4.95
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published: July 2011
ISBN:9781550504194
publisher: Coteau Books
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Nominated for the 2006 Scotiabank Giller Prize

This first short fiction collection by a prominent Canadian journalist paints vivid word pictures of the world and on these canvasses superimposes people in all their human imperfections. Russell Wangersky’s characters, caught in a variety of human circumstances, make some outstandingly bad decisions. A labourer enjoys new-found popularity among his co-workers after losing several fingers in a work accident. So, in the face of returning invisibility, he makes a desperate decision. An elderly shut-in chooses to believe the lies of her own life and the world view she absorbs from talk radio. And finds the scapegoats that both those distortions of reality require. In these stories, some people seem to escape the consequences of their bad decisions, some people wind up being redeemed, and some are left to fates the reader can only imagine. In these stories, some people seem to escape the consequences of their bad decisions, some people wind up being redeemed, and some are left to fates the reader can only imagine. That we are capable of making decisions, doing more than acting instinctually, marks us as human among the living creatures of this world. Thus, Wangersky reminds us, even bad decisions can be cause for celebration, of what it means to be human.

About the Author

Russell Wangersky's most recent book,The Glass Harmonica, won the 2010 BMO Winterset Award and was longlisted for the Relit Awards. His previous book, Burning Down the House: Fighting Fires and Losing Myself won Canada's largest non-fiction prize, the British Columbia National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction. Wangersky lives and works in St. John's, where he is an editor and columnist with the St. John's Telegram.

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Awards
  • Winner, IPPY Award, Short Fiction
  • , Scotiabank Giller Prize
Editorial Review

"Working life often forms the frame upon which to hang a plot line, and Wangersky crosses the social terrain from doctor to assembly-line worker with a confidently shifting voice. His characters do make some really bad decisions, and how they decide to cope, or not cope (depending on how you choose to perceive their actions), provides the narrative push in each story...These are mature, deeply satisfying stories in that, despite all manner of intriguing avoidance techniques, the characters never try to escape responsibility for their bad decisions. They may, at times, try to escape the consequences of their actions, yet they clearly own them."

— Globe & Mail Review for The Hour of Bad Decisions

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