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Canadian Short Stories I Have Known

By danielperry
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Since beginning to write Canadian Short Stories in 2009, I've read volume after volume of the things. Also, can't add the following: Turnstone Press: Destiny's Telescope, by Richard Scarsbrook; Exile Editions: CVC Book One; CVC Book Two; CVC Book Three; Pretty, by Greg Kinnear; Auxiliary Skins, by Christine Miscione; The Obvious Child, by Matt Shaw; Tightrope Books: Keep it Beautiful, by Kelly Ward; Got No Secrets, by Danila Botha; Mercury Press A Measure of Time, by Karl Jirgens; Oberon Press: Interpreters, by Ron Schafrick; Savage Time, by Murray Pomerance; 08: Best Canadian Stories, ed. John Metcalf; 09: Best Canadian Stories, ed. John Metcalf; Coming Attractions 09, ed. Mark Anthony Jarman; Insomniac Press: Black Coffee Night, by Emily Schultz; Press Gang: Out on Main Street, by Shani Mootoo; Raincoast Books: Mount Appetite, by Bill Gaston.
The Tent

The Tent

edition:Paperback

A collection of smart and entertaining fictional essays from one of the world's most celebrated authors, in the genre of her popular books Good Bones and Murder in the Dark, punctuated with wonderful illustrations by the author. Chilling and witty, prescient and personal, delectable and tart, these highly imaginative, vintage Atwoodian essays speak on a broad range of subjects, reflecting the times we live in with deadly accuracy and knife-edge precision.

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Life Stories
Why the hunger for these? If it is a hunger. Maybe it’s more like bossiness. Maybe we just want to be in charge, of the life, no matter who lived it.

It helps if there are photos. No more choices for the people in them — pick this one, dump that one. The livers of the lives in question had their chances, most of which they blew. They should have spotted the photographer in the bushes, they ­shouldn’t have chewed with their mouths open, they ­shouldn’t have worn the strapless top, they ­shouldn’t have yawned, they ­shouldn’t have laughed: so unattractive, the candid denture. So that’s what she looked like, we say, connecting the snapshot to the year of the torrid affair. Face like a half-­eaten pizza, and is that him, gaping down her front? What did he see in her, besides cheap lunch? He was already going bald. What was all the fuss about?

I’m working on my own life story. I ­don’t mean I’m putting it together; no, I’m taking it apart. It’s mostly a question of editing. If you’d wanted the narrative line you should have asked earlier, when I still knew everything and was more than willing to tell. That was before I discovered the virtues of scissors, the virtues of matches.
I was born, I would have begun, once. But snip, snip, away go mother and father, white ribbons of paper blown by the wind, with grandparents tossed out for good measure. I spent my childhood. Enough of that as well. Goodbye dirty little dresses, goodbye scuffed shoes that caused me such anguish, goodbye well-­thumbed tears and scabby knees, and sadness worn at the edges.

Adolescence can be discarded too, with its salty tanned skin, its fecklessness and bad romance and leakages of seasonal blood. What was it like to breathe so heavily, as if drugged, while rubbing up against strange leather coats in alleyways? I ­can’t remember.

Once you get started it’s fun. So much free space opens up. Rip, crumple, up in flames, out the window. I was born, I grew up, I studied, I loved, I married, I procreated, I said, I wrote, all gone now. I went, I saw, I did. Farewell crumbling turrets of historic interest, farewell icebergs and war monuments, all those young stone men with eyes upturned, and risky voyages teeming with germs, and dubious hotels, and doorways opening both in and out. Farewell friends and lovers, you’ve slipped from view, erased, defaced: I know you once had hairdos and told jokes, but I ­can’t recall them. Into the ground with you, my tender fur-­brained cats and dogs, and horses and mice as well: I adored you, dozens of you, but what were your names?

I’m getting somewhere now, I’m feeling lighter. I’m coming unstuck from scrapbooks, from albums, from diaries and journals, from space, from time. Only a paragraph left, only a sentence or two, only a whisper.
I was born.
I was.
I.

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Natasha And Other Stories

Natasha And Other Stories

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One of the most anticipated international debuts of 2004, David Bezmozgis’s Natasha and Other Stories lives up to its buzz withnumerous award distinctions and a sheaf of praise from reviewers and readers.These are stories that capture the immigrant experience with wit and deepsympathy, recalling the early work of Bernard Malamud and Philip Roth. Anexquisitely crafted collection from a gifted young writer.

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Anticipated Results

Anticipated Results

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Here are some lost members of the Boomer Generation-chronic underachievers at work and love-recurring characters in Dennis E. Bolen's Anticipated Results, his first story collection with Arsenal Pulp Press. Seeking solace in each other's dysfunctional company; conducting ill-organized interventions; throwing disastrous dinner parties; trying to fix their cars: all the disparate behaviours of a societal subset whose demeanour masks a disquieting rage at how they've lost their way and an impotent …

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Beggar's Garden

Beggar's Garden

edition:Hardcover
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Longlisted for the 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize

Brilliantly sure-footed, strikingly original, tender and funny, this collection of nine linked stories follows a diverse group of curiously interrelated characters—from bank manager to crackhead to retired Samaritan to web designer to car thief--as they drift through each others’ lives in Vancouver’s notorious Downtown Eastside.

These engrossing stories, gleefully free of moral judgment, are about people who are searching in the jagged margins …

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Writing Without Direction

Ten and a Half Short Stories by Canadian Authors Under Thirty
edition:Paperback
tagged : literary

In this first volume of short stories by Canadian authors under thirty eleven of Canada's most talented young writers contribute a variety of stories about life, death, youth, politics, and orthodontic apparati.All combined these stories offer a heart-wrenching, humorous, and engrossing look at the state of young contemporary Canadian writing.Featuring KSA Brazier-Tompkins, Ashley Little, Matt Loney, Jennifer Neale, Chad Nevett, John Nyman, Sandy Pool, Kelly-Ann Riess, Seanah Roper, James Sandha …

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High Spirits 25th Anniversary Edition

High Spirits 25th Anniversary Edition

A Collection Of Ghost Stories
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Robertson Davies first hit upon the notion of writing ghost stories when he joined the University of Toronto’s Massey College as a master. A tradition quickly became established and, for 18 years, Davies delighted and amused the college’s annual Gaudy Night guests with his tales of the supernatural. Here, in a handsome 25th Anniversary Edition, are those 18 stories, just as Davies first read them.

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Uncomfortably Numb

Uncomfortably Numb

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A city suburb, 1980. The front of propriety, the freakish stillness and the bush parties. This is the home of Germaine Stevens, a social misfit who thinks she's struck ultimate cool when she's accepted into her preppie high school's only counter-culture group, the Rockers. Yet has she really just traded one kind of conformity for another? And is she still a loser?

Her friends are desperate characters: Regina's on the road to ruin, Bono's more boy than girl, and Jackie's postering her bedroom into …

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Zero Gravity

Zero Gravity

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Zero Gravity is Toronto author Sharon English's second collection of short stories. The book is rooted in Vancouver, with side trips to British Columbia's Kootenay mountains, Montreal and Delphi, Greece. English's characters lead accelerated lives only to be seized by spiritual emptiness. Their attempts to escape -- by joining, by quitting, by falling in and out of love -- make for funny, insightful and intense reading. The author presents a fly's-eye view of urban experience, coming at city lif …

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