The Dark and Other Love Stories

The Dark and Other Love Stories

Book - 2017
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Winner of the 2018 Western Canada Jewish Book Awards - Fiction - The Diamond Foundation Prize

Nominated for the 2018 OLA Evergreen Award

Energized, irreverent, novelistic stories full of longing, strange humour, and the complications of human entanglement from Governor General's Award nominee Deborah Willis

The characters in these thirteen masterful and engaging stories exist on the edge of danger, where landscapes melt into dreamscapes and every house is haunted. A drug dealer's girlfriend signs up for the first manned mission to Mars. A girl falls in love with a man who wants to turn her into a bird. A teenage girl and her best friend test their relationship by breaking into suburban houses. A wife finds a gaping hole in the floor of the home she shares with her husband, a hole that only she can see. Full of longing and strange humour, these subtle, complex stories--about the love between a man and his pet crow, an alcoholic and his AA sponsor, a mute migrant and a newspaper reporter--show how love ties us to one another and to the world. The Dark and Other Love Stories announces the emergence of a wonderfully gifted storyteller whose stories enlarge our perceptions about the human capacity to love.
Publisher: [Toronto, Ontario] : Hamish Hamilton, 2017
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780670069576
Branch Call Number: WILLIS
Characteristics: 254 pages ; 22 cm


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Nov 08, 2017

This punchy little collection of off-beat stories provided an enjoyable escape. It's always fun to read collection set in places I recognize, in this case, the Lower Mainland (Vancouver BC and the surrounding region).

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