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2014 Crazy for CanLit short story collections

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This Crazy for CanLit reading list, comprised of books published in Canada in 2014 that are eligible to be submitted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, is all about short story collections.
Stone Mattress

Stone Mattress

edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback Paperback
tagged : literary

In Margaret Atwood's stunning new collection of stories, her first since her #1 nationally bestselling 2006 collection, Moral Disorder, she returns to the here and now in this brilliant, new collection of stories.
     In these nine dazzlingly inventive and rewarding stories, Margaret Atwood's signature dark humour, playfulness, and deadly seriousness are in abundance. In "Freeze-Dried Bridegroom," a man who bids on a storage locker has a surprise. In "Lusus Naturae," a woman with a genetic abn …

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Circus

Circus

edition:Paperback

A dazzling collection of award-winning stories with the emotional punch, sharp wit, and disarming charm of Rebecca Lee, Karen Russell, Neil Smith, and Jessica Grant.
Ladies and gentlemen! Boys and girls! Step right up and prepare to be dazzled by this delightful debut from Claire Battershill, winner of the CBC Literary Award, co-winner of the  Canadian Authors Association’s Emerging Writer Award, and finalist for the inaugural PEN International/New Voices Award. As they transport us from a c …

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Boundary Problems

Boundary Problems

edition:Paperback
also available: eBook

In his confident debut, Greg Bechtel offers ten charged stories about the impossible-turned-possible--secrets, paranoia, sex, conspiracies, and magic--that the strangeness of the world around us.

Boundary Problems vibrates on the edge of meaning, as carjackers, accidental gunrunners, small-town cabbies, and confused physics students struggle to wring meaning from the strange events that overtake them. Bechtel's worlds of mystery, physics, and magic constantly challenge his characters' pursuit of …

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The Freedom in American Songs

The Freedom in American Songs

edition:Paperback
tagged : literary

A Library Journal Key Indie Fiction Title, Fall 2014

Meet Xavier Boland, the untouchable cross-dresser, who walks loose and carefree as an old Broadway tune. Meet Miss Penrice, a lost old woman forced by wartime to parent a child for the first time. Meet a Zamboni mechanic turned funeral porteur, Madame Poirer's lapdog (and its chastity belt), a congregation of hard-singing, sex-obsessed Pentecostals, and more. With The Freedom in American Songs, Kathleen Winter brings her unusual sensuality, lyr …

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Novelists

Novelists

edition:Paperback
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"Fans of satirical fiction will love this . . . impeccably researched and unflinchingly intelligent."- National Post

"Boyko's style takes some getting used to in these days of sparseness and minimalism, but then it all makes sense."- Los Angeles Review of Books

Novelists: the soul of an age, certainly. Brilliant? Perhaps. Yet aren't they also doddering, petulant, pedantic, knockkneed, skittish, and thunderingly insecure-resentful, awkward, annoying-demanding, deluded, and vexingly indifferent to …

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American Innovations

American Innovations

edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback eBook

In one of the intensely imaginative stories in Rivka Galchen's American Innovations, a narrator's furniture walks out on her. In another, the narrator feels compelled to promise to deliver a takeout order that has incorrectly been phoned in to her. In a third, the petty details around a property transaction detail the complicated pains and loves of a family.
The stories in this unusual collection also have secret lives in conversation with earlier stories. As in the tradition of considering Wal …

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By the Book

By the Book

Stories and Pictures
edition:Hardcover
tagged : literary

New from the Winner of the Writers' Trust of Canada Marian Engel Award and the Governor General's Award for English Fiction

Once touted as compendiums of human knowledge, the encyclopedias and handbooks of bygone eras now read quaintly, if not comically-yet within their musty pages are often found phrases of uncanny evocative power. Scrupulously stitching such fragments together, in a sequel to the Governor General's Award-winning Forms of Devotion, By The Book is a collection of verbal and visua …

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Juliet Was a Surprise

Juliet Was a Surprise

edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback
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FINALIST FOR THE GOVERNOR GENERAL'S AWARD FOR FICTION

 

Bill Gaston’s characteristic keen insight and wit dazzle in this new collection. Here, we see the world through the prism of unfamiliar perspectives: a bank executive whose excellent sex life might in fact be killing her, an amorous tree surgeon better attuned to the values of his “patients” than to other people, a vacationing schizophrenic wary of his housemates, a pizza-delivery boy convinced he’s witnessed magic—all struggling …

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