The Truth About the Barn offers answers to important questions about how barns came into being, why they look the way they do, why they're worth reflecting on, and what possible future they may have. Chapters investigate the barn's place in culture and religion, art and literature. Psychological and philosophical implications are explored. Readers are treated to an occasional recollection or account of the author's own experiences with barns.
About the author
David Elias is the author of four books of Fiction, Most recently Waiting for Elvis, a novel. His short stories and poetry have appeared in literary magazines and anthologies across the country and his work has been nominated for a number of awards. He also spends time as an editor, writer-in-residence, mentor and creative writing instructor, and lives in Winnipeg with his wife, poet Brenda Sciberras.
"We count on writers to show the remarkable in the ordinary, to enable us to see anew what has become familiar. David Elias has done just that in The Truth About the Barn. Never will we look at a barn in the same way again." - Marjorie Anderson, editor of the national bestselling Dropped Threads anthologies
"Written with something of a stream-of-consciousness approach, the book engagingly drifts from one folksy rumination to the next...It's as if you're overhearing farmers chatting at the local feed store, and you're not too surprised when you discover they all have PhDs." - Literary Review of Canada
"At times tender, sometimes angry, always aware, Elias writes about the pain and humour and beauty of what happens in the barn, and what we dream of it. His is an intimate knowledge of barns and of the creatures who inhabit them, people too." - Dennis Cooley, author of Correction Line
"It's a delightful book - funny, informative and full of the author's very obvious affection for the buildings and the animals that live in them." - Winnipeg Free Press
"An inherently fascinating and impressively informative read [that] is enhanced with the occasional black-and- white illustration:" - Midwest Book Review