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Fiction Short Stories (single Author)

The Love Olympics

by (author) Claire Wilkshire

Breakwater Books Ltd.
Initial publish date
Oct 2021
Short Stories (single author), Literary, Family Life
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2021
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Nov 2021
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Warm, funny, and stylistically savvy, these stories follow an interlocking set of characters and the people they love.

Characters weave their way in and out of The Love Olympics, a collection of short fiction set in St. John’s. The book is about various forms of love—the ways love grips us, shakes us, releases or envelops us. The stories are smart, witty, funny, warm, and surprising; they capture the preoccupations of characters from different generations who are closely or only tangentially connected to one another. This collection explores people’s aspirations, fears, and vulnerabilities; their generosity and desire for connection; their willingness to see past flaws and appreciate other human beings in all their complexity.

About the author

Author bio   Claire Wilkshire is a writer, editor, translator and teacher living in St. John’s with her husband, writer Larry Mathews. They have two adult children. Maxine (2013) is Claire’s first novel. Her short fiction has appeared in publications such as Grain, the New Quarterly, Event, and the Fiddlehead. She’s a founding member of the Burning Rock writing group.


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  • Short-listed, BMO Winterset Award

Editorial Reviews

"Claire Wilkshire’s situations are the domestic and quotidian human intersections and interactions, richly textured and wryly observed. There’s a patina of years of association and care, and sparks of unexpected synchronicity. [...] Wilkshire’s writing has wit and muscle and heart."

The Telegram

"An all-encompassing take on love [...] Wilkshire approaches each short story with authentic experiences that encourage readers not to put the book down."

TEAGAL Lifestyle

"A pleasant and humorous collection about love in all forms that follows a set of characters in a community in St. John's, Newfoundland. I absolutely adored this collection!"


"Alors que certaines personnes croient qu’il n’existe qu’une forme d’amour, pour d’autres il y en a deux, trois ou dix. Dans The Love Olympics, Claire Wilkshire cherche à en explorer le plus possible. [...] N’importe quel lecteur ou lectrice peut se reconnaître dans ce livre, car The Love Olympics raconte les histoires de résidents et de résidentes de la ville de St. John’s de milieux vastement différents."

Le Gaboteur

“If David Hebert’s prose is excellent and Amber MacMillan’s stories are fresh and original, Claire Wilkshire’s writing is relatable and funny. When the very first story was called 'Mothers' and the first line was 'On Labour Day weekend, mothers across the country mobilize,' I knew I was going to like this book. […] These story collections each have their strengths and I loved them all – the jury has a tough decision to make.”

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