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Western Canadian Short Stories

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Collections of short stories primarily set in Western Canada
Western Taxidermy

Western Taxidermy

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"Roadkill stuffed and presented as art, an OB/GYN appointment gone horribly wrong, and government spies with a weakness for salmon bagels and Timmy Ho’s. Tender, satirical, and occasionally absurd, Barb Howard’s new story collection Western Taxidermy is a perfect introduction to one of Western Canada’s most high-spirited literary voices.

In these sixteen stories, Howard effortlessly balances wry social commentary and prairie gothic, pairing humans and animals in clever and unexpected ways.

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Canary

Canary

edition:Paperback
tagged : literary

An AMAZON.CA Top 100 Book of 2013

"Gas, grass, or ass: No one rides for free". So begins this cheeky and chirpy short story debut by Nancy Jo Cullen. Working-class, a little queer, and a lot funny, Cullen''s characters-from the hymn-singing Catholic merch salesman to the young lez, hitching rides beside a born-again pile of ashes-encounter the killer decisions that will invisibly, quietly, and quirkily shape our lives.

Nancy Jo Cullen mines humanity's beautiful fault-lines. There isnot one lousy …

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Jesus Year, The

Jesus Year, The

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The Jesus Year explores the space between joy and tragedy, happiness and despair, sincerity and absurdity. A husband won’t throw his wife a party for her thirty-third birthday; a woman becomes obsessed with redecorating her familial cabin; a couple’s west coast elopement turns dangerous; a father must talk his daughter out of cancelling her wedding; a mother meets her thirty-year-old daughter for the first time; three friends’ lives collide at an annual Christmas party; and a downtown cou …

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Better Living Through Plastic Explosives

Better Living Through Plastic Explosives

edition:Paperback
also available: Hardcover
tagged : literary

From an emerging master of short fiction and one of Canada’s most distinctive voices, a collection of stories as heartbreaking as those of Lorrie Moore and as hilariously off-kilter as something out ofMcSweeney's.

Better Living through Plastic Explosives is a powerful depth charge of Zsuzsi Gartner's trademark dark humour and deadly satire. Whether she casts her eye on evolution and modern manhood when an upscale cul-de-sac is thrown into chaos after a redneck moves into the neighbourhood, in …

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