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Tiger, Tiger

by Johanna Skibsrud

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A collection of intrepid and incisive stories from the Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning author of The Sentimentalists

Tiger, Tiger takes readers from the Paradise Valley Senior Centre parking lot all the way to Mars and examines the contradictions of life along the way. An astounding array of characters come up against the challenges of existence--both mundane and extraordinary--and their experiences never fail to surprise and delight.
     A scientist finds the truth about love in a lab where he is learning to grow extinct tigers. A fake wedding at a nursing home brings a divorcée to the brink of despair while her grandmother marvels at the beauty around her. A small-town taxidermist realizes his fiancée is never returning--that he has lost her to an inscrutable ball of light. A soldier survives the bloody Battle of the Argonne Forest but loses the faith of his child. An uncanny teenager holds two hundred thousand years of the world's history in her mind but feels desperately alone.
     Profound and paradoxical, these fourteen stories bring us closer to the truth, even if we discover that it is ultimately unknowable. Masterfully crafted and astonishingly wise, Tiger, Tiger explores the limits of understanding, the future of humanity, and establishes Skibsrud as a rare and exceptional talent.

About the Author
Johanna Skibsrud

Johanna Skibsrud’s first poetry collection, Late Nights With Wild Cowboys, was published in 2008 by Gaspereau Press and was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Award. She has also published a novel with Gaspereau Press entitled The Sentimentalists. Originally from Scotsburn, Nova Scotia, she now lives in Montreal.

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Contributor Notes

JOHANNA SKIBSRUD is the Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning author of The Sentimentalists as well as the short story collection This Will Be Difficult to Explain and Other Stories and the novel Quartet for the End of Time. She is also the author of three poetry collections, including The Description of the World, which won the 2017 Canadian Authors Association Award for Poetry and the Fred Cogswell Award. Originally from Pictou County, Nova Scotia, she currently divides her time between Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and Tucson, Arizona.

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“Johanna Skibsrud has a way of introducing you to the most unlikely situations and turning them into something that you feel you have experienced yourself, like an uncovered, necessary truth, a story that was waiting to be told. In clever, incisive, and heartfelt prose, she illuminates the past, the present, and the future of humanity as if everything was happening now, here, inside of you, within your pulse.” -Catherine Leroux, author of The Party Wall

“Johanna Skibsrud’s new collection Tiger, Tiger is brimming with provocations and marvels. In a tour de force of imagination like its Blakean predecessor, these fourteen speculative tales travel the big mysteries of origin and destiny. Such wanderings (and wonderings) culminate beautifully in the book’s final words: “Which path is more honest in the end? And by whom, or by what, are we judged?” Happily, Skibsrud manages to convey philosophical depth with a light, almost whimsical heart, via her tenderly rendered, frequently befuddled characters. Each of these stories is a thrill and a pleasure.” -Karen Brennan, author of Monsters

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