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Fiction Short Stories (single Author)

We Have Never Lived On Earth


by (author) Kasia Van Schaik

The University of Alberta Press
Initial publish date
Aug 2022
Short Stories (single author), Literary, 21st Century, Coming of Age, Contemporary Women
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    Sep 2022
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Kasia Van Schaik’s debut story collection follows the journey of Charlotte Ferrier, a child of divorce raised by a single mother in a small town in British Columbia after moving from South Africa. Mother and daughter wait out the end of a bad year in a Mexican hotel; a friendship is tested as forest fires demolish Charlotte’s town; a childhood friend disappears while travelling through Europe; and a girl on the beach examines the memories of dying jellyfish. The stories traverse the most intimate and transforming moments of female experience in a world threatened by ecological crisis.

About the author

Kasia Van Schaik is a South African-Canadian writer living in Montreal/Tiohtià:ke. We Have Never Lived On Earth is her first story collection.

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Excerpt: We Have Never Lived On Earth: Stories (by (author) Kasia Van Schaik)

“She rests her hand on my arm, her eyes clear and serious. We could be the same person, encountering each other in a fragment of time lived twice.”