Paige Cooper’s short stories catalogue moments in love. These are stories about women who built time machines when they were nine, or who predict cataclysm, or who think their dreams are reality. They include police horses with talons and giant eagles and weredeer. At the center of it all is love. And if love is the problem, what is the solution? Being closer? Or being alone?
Paige Cooper’s stories have appeared in The Fiddlehead, Gulf Coast, Michigan Quarterly Review, Carousel, and Canadian Notes & Queries, among others, and have been anthologized in The Journey Prize Stories, and Best Canadian Stories. She works for a record label in Montreal. Zolitude is her first book.
PRAISE FOR ZOLITUDE
“When I read a Cooper story, 'Vazova on Love' for example, I feel I have been transported into a strange country, a puzzling one, sensuous and potentially hostile, and I know she will reveal something to me if I stay very focused.”—The Walrus
“Paige Cooper's stories screw down into the earth, holding fire in their gaps. Her characters turn zero sum games into bloodsport. Zolitude will not leave you alone.”—Sasha Frere-Jones
“Rarely have love stories seemed less cliché and predictable...tenderness and violence and doom are so densely layered as to deliver the affective impact of a novel...these stories are so well made, so viscerally moving, I often found the need to take a break between them to recover.”—André Forget, Quill & Quire
“Zolitude is the literary equivalent of a non-stop action film. These stories are tough and visceral and fraught. Cooper’s characters – sometimes reckless, sometimes tender, always fierce – are breathtakingly fresh and wonderfully complicated. When you finish this book – about how the world marks us and how we mark ourselves – the word ‘culpability' will have new meanings. These are worlds that are keenly observed and then forged into the kind of wild and uncompromising stories the times demand.”—Aislinn Hunter, author of Stay and The World Before Us
“Cooper's stories feature far-flung worlds, magnified consciousness. This is mesmerizing work.”—Tamara Faith Berger, author of Maidenhead