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The following are collections longlisted for the 2015 Frank O'Connor Short Story Award. For the complete longlist, see http://www.frankoconnor-shortstory-award.net/site/?page_id=427
Stone Mattress

Stone Mattress

edition:Paperback
also available: Hardcover Paperback
tagged : literary

Margaret Atwood returns to short fiction with nine tales of acute psychological insight and turbulent relationships bringing to mind her award-winning 1996 novel, Alias Grace.

A recently widowed fantasy writer is guided through a stormy winter evening by the voice of her late husband in “Alphinland,” the first of three loosely linked stories about the romantic geometries of a group of writers and artists.

In “The Freeze-Dried Bridegroom,” a man who bids on an auctioned storage space has a …

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How You Were Born

How You Were Born

edition:Paperback

How You Were Born is a collection of short stories looking at the bizarre, the tragi-comic and the unbelievable elements that run through our lives. An aging academic becomes convinced that he is haunted by his double. Two children believe their neighbours are war criminals in hiding. A dwarf in a circus dreams of a perfect wedding. An eleven-year-old girl becomes obsessed with the acrobat who visits her small town. Two women fall in love over a painting of the apocalypse. A group of siblings pu …

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Specimen

Specimen

Stories
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook

Winner, 2016 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize for Fiction

Finalist, 2016 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize

The stories in Specimen are a unique exploration of science and the human heart; the place where physical reality collides with our spiritual and emotional lives.

In “The Blood Keeper,” a young academic travels to North Korea to work on her dissertation and embarks on a dangerous affair. In “Mamochka,” which was nominated for the 2012 Journey Prize, an archivist at the Institute for Physics in Min …

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Daydreams Of Angels

Daydreams Of Angels

edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged : literary

Heather O'Neill's distinctive style and voice fill these charming, sometimes dark, always beguiling stories.

From "The Robot Baby," in which we discover what happens when a robot feels emotion for the very first time, to "Heaven," about a grandfather who died for a few minutes when he was nine and visited the pearly gates, to "The Little Wolf-Boy of Northern Quebec," in which untamed children run wild through the streets of Paris, to "Dolls," in which a little girl's forgotten dolls tell their ow …

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What I Want to Tell Goes Like This

What I Want to Tell Goes Like This

edition:Paperback

What I Want to Tell Goes Like This is an intensely original first short story collection from acclaimed poet Matt Rader. The last story, "All This Was a Long Time Ago," is the 2014 winner of the Jack Hodgins Founders' Award for fiction from The Malahat Review, and other offerings from the collection have appeared in Event, The New Quarterly, Grain, Joyland, Forget Magazine and the Rusty Toque.

Rader's command of tension is masterful in these dark, off-kilter stories that are largely set in the co …

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Wallflowers

Wallflowers

edition:Paperback

Shortlisted for the 2016 Canadian Authors Association Emerging Writer Award

From windswept Pacific beaches to the inner reaches of the human heart, Wallflower is a shimmering and often surprising journey of discovery, with many unexpected turns along the way. Robertson has created a cast of unique and wholly engaging characters. Here there are swindlers and innocents, unlikely heroes and gritty survivors; they teach us how to trap humming birds, relinquish dreams gracefully, and feed raccoons wit …

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Chez l'arabe

Chez l'arabe

Stories
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook

A dazzling debut collection from award-winning journalist and New York Times Magazine contributor Mireille Silcoff.

Inspired by the real life medical struggles of the author, this stunning debut collection opens with a gripping portrait of chronic illness in a series of linked stories about a woman in her mid-thirties, who is trapped in her elegantly accoutered Montreal townhouse — and in her own mind and body. As she struggles with her health, amongst an increasingly indifferent husband and vo …

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Confidence

Confidence

edition:Paperback
also available: Paperback
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In Russell Smith's darkly brilliant new collection of short stories Confidence, the reader will be introduced to ecstasy-taking PhD students; financial traders desperate for husbands; owners of failing sex stores; violent and unremovable tenants; aggressive raccoons; seedy massage parlours; experimental filmmakers who record every second of their day; wives who blog insults directed at their husbands. There are cheating husbands. There are private clubs, crowded restaurants, psychiatricwards. Ev …

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